From left, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, campaign co-chairs Thomas and Susan Keane, honorary co-chairs Kenneth and Jean Hofmann, campaign co-chair Lisa Hofmann Morgan, De La Salle graduates of 2014 Derek Ellingson and Matthew Giacoletti, school President Mark DeMarco '78.
De La Salle breaks ground
for $20M Innovation Center
On June 1, the De La Salle High School community gathered to break ground for a major new facility, the STREAM Innovation Center (a center for Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
Construction of the $20.5 million building begins in June, and is expected to be completed by fall 2015. School President Mark DeMarco '78 also announced the opening of the public phase of the school's 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. The funds raised will be used in four crucial areas of school life, DeMarco said.
"The focus is on the Four A's. These are Academics, Access, Arts and Athletics," he said. "We need new and improved facilities in academics, arts and athletics to meet our students' needs for 21st-century education. And we need a robust endowment to generate financial aid so that we can assure access to this Catholic, Lasallian education for families of all income levels."
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland is an honorary co-chair of the campaign, along with philanthropists Kenneth and Jean Hofmann. At the groundbreaking, Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, an affiliated member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, spoke enthusiastically about Lasallian education and blessed the undertaking. "We are God's own co-workers," he said. "Let us pray that God will bring this campaign and especially the construction of this STREAM Innovation Center to a successful completion."
In attendance were 400 guests, including the school's board of trustees and Concord Mayor Tim Grayson and Vice Mayor Ron Leone. Receiving special mention in DeMarco's remarks were Kenneth and Jean Hofmann for a lead gift that had initiated construction of the STREAM Innovation Center and has inspired others to follow their lead in support of the school's campaign.
"In 2015, the school will mark its 50th year of service," DeMarco said. "It's time to celebrate our successes, and to act boldly to ensure that we can continue to provide exceptional education to students in the future. It's an exciting day in the history of De La Salle High School. The effort that we launch here honors every investment that anyone has ever made in our educational mission."
Goals for the campaign in addition to the STREAM Innovation Center include a $15 million increase in the school's endowment for financial aid to students — a goal which, DeMarco announced, has already been met. Other capital projects are a new Performing Arts Center ($7 million), and a new Athletic Performance Center ($7.5 million).
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