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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Capital campaign $7.3 million pledged for Mater DeL Memorial renovation By MARY ANN HUGHES Hundreds of volunteers have be the addition of an auxiliary and two general purpose class- sentatives Message staff writer By late last week, $7.3 million had been pledged to the $11 million capital campaign for expansion and renovation at Memorial and Mater Dei high schools in Evansville, according to Wilfred "Bill" Bussing, co- chairperson of the planning committee. Getting people to open their checkbooks and give to the cap- ital campaign has not been a )roblem so far, Bussing said. successfully solicited pledges. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, who is the honorary chairperson of the capital campaign, has been "very active," Bussing said. "He's made many calls himself." Memorial has had only one major renovation since it opened in 1925. Since Mater Dei opened in 1949, there has been only one major addition -- the construction of an auxiliary gymnasium in 1986. The biggest part of the upcom- ing renovation at Memorial will gym. Plans also call for the addition of two science classrooms and eight general purpose class- rooms. Existing classrooms will be renovated and air-condition- ing will be added. All classroom windows will be replaced, and the library and media center will be relocated. An auditorium will be added to the building facility at Mater Dei. The school will also receive four new science classrooms And the winners are... Spelling bee winners in diocesan schools The following students are the winners and run- ners-up of spelling bees in their schools: Christ the King, Evansville: Nicole Kaufmann, winner; Emily Falkenstein, runner-up; Corpus Christi, Evansville: H.T. Bradford, winner; Kelly Muensterman, runner-up; Good Shepherd, Evansville: Allison Mayer, winner; Abby Bender, runner-up; Holy Redeemer, Evansville: Ashley Paulson, winner-up; Eric Reffet, runner-up; Holy Rosary, Evansville: Joe Blubaugh, win- ner; Jeff Conway, runner-up; Holy Spirit, Evansville: Kyle Nurrenburn, winner; Jessica Higgins, runner-up;. Resurrection, Evansville: Matt Pfister, winner; Melissa Schnur, runner-up; St. Benedict, Evansville: Terra Macken, win- ner; Christina Machuca, runner-up; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County: Clint Keller, winner; Haley Grasso, runner-up; St. Theresa, Evansville: Brandi Ewers, winner; Jason Condi, runner-up; Westside Catholic Consolidated Junior High, Evansville: Kelly McReynolds, winner; Cassie Schentrup, runner-up; Flaget Elementary, Vincennes: Stanton Sievers, winner; Alexandra Smith, runner-up; Holy Cross, Fort Branch: Nancy Hall, winner; Rachael Reinhart, runner-up; Holy Family, Jasper: Lisa Campbell, winner; Katie Birge, runner-up; Precious Blood, Jasper: Zachary Voegerl, win- ner; Mark Matthew Paar, runner-up; Rivet Middle School, Vincennes: (sixth grade) Curt Parker, winner; Brad Cary, runner-up; (sev- enth and eighth grades) Brett Wickens, winner; Shawn Kaus, runner-up; St. Bernard, Rockport: Ben Newkirk, winner, Carrie Bruggensctunidt, runner-up; St. James, Haubstadt: Melissa Langton, win- ner; Jonathan Gries, runner-up; St. John, Newburgh: Jonathan Weyerbacher, winner; David Harvey, runner-up; St. Joseph, Princeton: Kelly Pepper, winner; Melissa Shoultz, runner-up; St. Matthew, Mount Vernon: Sarah Head, win- ner, Brandy Wade, runner-up; St. Philip, Posey County: Luke Masterson, winner; Brian Kueber, runner-up; St. Wendel, St. Wendel: Jamie Burggeman, winner; Jaclyn Muensterman, runner-up; Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt: Lindsey Spindler, winner; Laura Hirsch, runner-up. Geography bee winners in diocesan schools The following students are the winners and run- ners-up of geography bees in their schools: Christ the King, Evansville: Chris Kniese, winner; Howard Mortensen, runner-up; Good Shepherd, Evansville: Jeffrey Gates, winner; Sam Stuckey, runner-up; Holy Rosary, Evansville: Alex Bruggenschmitt, winner; Chris Danesi, runner-up; Holy Spirit, Evansville: Darrin Willis, winner; Kyndel Johnson, runner-up; Resurrection, Evansville: Nicholas Farny, win- ner; Nathan Weinzap fel, runner-up; Holy Cross, Fort Branch: Anna Michel, winner; Lee Zenthoefer, Welsey Obert, run- ners-up; Precious Blood, Jasper: Jay Rumbach, winner; Amanda Brockman, Nick Giesler, Katie Toy, runners-up; St. Bernard, Rockport: Adam Hurm, winner, David Hurm, runner-up; St. James, Haubstadt: Casey Schoenbachler, winner; Abby Weis, Terry Steckler, runners-up; St. Joseph, Princeton: Jennifer McConnell, winner; Kelly Pepper, runner-up. rooms. All windows will be replaced, and classrooms will be renovated and air-conditioned. 'T don't respond to the: mailing. he next big push for campaign begins this When the capital campaign was kicked off last October, organizers targeted a "relative- ly select constituency," Bussing said. "We narrowed the field to prospects we felt were capable of making at least a $5,000 dona- tion over a five-year period. "We have approached most if not all of those 1,200, although we are still pursuing them and mak- ing individual calls." Bussing added, "We ran out of callers, and there are still excellent prospects we have not called yet." The current $7.3 million in pledges comes from that group of donors, from parishioners who picked up pledge cards at their churches in December, and from companies which make "matching gifts. Many people who returned pledge cards work for matching-gift compa- nies. Bristol Myers Squibb is the most prominent one." The next big push of the capi- tal campaign begins this month. Brochures are being mailed to about 15,000 alumni from both Evansville Catholic high schools who have not yet responded to the pledge drive. "We have high hopes for that. We will give them about a month. Then, those alumni who haven't responded will be called." A group of class repre- ZIEMER Funeral Homes Lid Bussing be Non-alumni at Mater also be Alumni from the Mundi are Bussing said he is fident" about $11 million. "I'd be really didn't, j ally generous the current level. "We've been the generous two schools, the community. the strong Mater Dei and made to their seem willing extend "The fact that haven't been very encouraging DAVIESS CC Joan Peoples Washington 8OO S. HEBRON i Four Convenient Locations Pick One (or d of  SwimnO, Arts al Crafts. Archery. The F,a,ge. Trot' Campil, COI (low) Co's ,gdeme. (MooabO II Trd, Rshlt Camp-wide Oames, Oap-wide Prays, Pamily Stm'e, Vid o local Orders. Mass. ate! New Mells! 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