Benedictine College Foundation Donates $70,000

  • Thursday, April 01, 2004

ATCHISON, Kan. – The Benedictine College Foundation board recently voted to donate $70,000 to the college for capital and infrastructure projects.


In the interest of finishing several projects already underway as well as enhancing the learning environment through classroom improvements, the board voted to double its usual annual contribution.


“The Benedictine College Foundation is proud to have contributed more than a predetermined percentage of our corpus to the benefit of the BC interests as we saw the necessity to complete various projects that had previously been started,” said Tom Wessels, chairman of the Foundation’s board and a member of the Class of 1966. “Our board is comprised of loyal graduates who wish only the best for the College and as our assets grow through contributions and portfolio growth, we will continue to contribute to a wide range of projects at the College.”


Whereas the Benedictine College Endowment is directed primarily for the support of scholarships, the Benedictine College Foundation is a legal entity separate from the College that funds other aspects of the College as determined by its board.  In addition to Wessels, the board consists of Kitty Belden, Michael J. Easterday, James T. O’Brien, Robert J. Reintjes, Carol Shomin and Howard Westerman Jr.

Specifically, the Foundation board voted to give $20,000 for classroom upgrades, $20,000 to finish the installation of new campus lampposts and $30,000 toward completion of campus curbing, sidewalks and road surfaces.


“We’re grateful for this tremendous vote of confidence from the members of the Benedictine College Foundation board,” said Dr. Daniel J. Carey, Benedictine College president.


Contributions to the Benedictine College Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in any number of ways, including gifts of cash, real estate and securities, or even by naming the foundation as the beneficiary on an insurance policy. For more information, contact Wessels at 800.315.0160 or Dr. Carey at 913.360.2400. Mail inquiries can be sent to the Office of the President, Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, KS 66002-1499.