DeWitt campaign surpasses goal


By Celine Klosterman

Deteriorating wood surrounds stained-glass windows at St. Joseph Church in DeWitt. The parish recently raised about $524,000 to complete several improvements to the church and school buildings, including restoring the windows.

DEWITT — Less than five months after launching a capital campaign to raise funds for numerous improvements to St. Joseph Church and School, the parish has exceeded its campaign goal.
Supporters of St. Joseph’s $500,000 Faith in Our Future campaign had pledged about $524,000 as of early this week, according to Father Paul Connolly, pastor. That money will fund repairs to the school gym’s roof, the floor in the church vestibule and the church’s stained-glass windows; pay for a new boiler, new carpet and renovated locker rooms at the school; and rebuild a parish emergency fund used to cover stabilization of the church subfloor.
No money raised will go toward fundraising efforts, Fr. Connolly said. “Everything was done in-house. We didn’t have to pay for any outside consultants. So everything raised is going to the projects.”
Darrel Schnurr, chair of the committee for the three-year campaign, said parishioners offered generous donations of time, talent and treasure.
Volunteers produced a campaign video and brochure, and visited and called parishioners to explain the fundraising effort’s goals. “We have lots of talent in St. Joe’s that I didn’t even know existed,” Schnurr said.

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