BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity Catholic new elementary school fundraising efforts are still a bit short of the goal and officials are looking to raise $250,000 to finish off the project.
Dennis Menke, of West Point, who has chaired the committee charged with raising the funds and seeing the project to completion said Monday that he’s pleased with how the campaign has gone over the past year.
“I’m really happy with how far we’ve come,” Menke said. “It was a year ago we started this and in one year we’re this close . We’re all very happy with the generosity of people and we’re getting there.”
The fundraising campaign in still in progress and the committee is also auctioning off a sports car with tickets for sale.
“We had a sports car donated to us from Dr. Mark Panther and we’re still selling chances to win that car. It’s an $18,000 red sports car. With that drawing and the ongoing fundraising campaign, we hope to reach our goal soon. But we need to shake some trees, we’re really close to our goal.”
The school system needed to have 60% of the cost of the construction before they could get authorization from the Davenport Diocese to approve the project. Menke said that funding level has been achieved and the project is a go with the Diocese.
“We’re there on that,” Menke said. “Our next visit with the diocese will be when we sign the contract. We have to do that before we can go out for bids, but we hope to have that done in the next 30 days and then get the bids out and hopefully be opening those a few weeks after that.”
He said Catholic Schools Week is this week and the bishops will be in town for a large mass at the Holy Trinity Catholic High School gym that will be attended by the Holy Saints of Keokuk, Ss. Peter and Paul of Nauvoo, Burlington Notre Dame, and the HTC. He said there should be meetings at that time to get things moving.