On February 6, Marist School brought together its Board of Trustees and capital campaign leadership to bless and dedicate a new donor wall that serves as a visual representation of the extraordinary support for The Way. The Hope. The Promise., the record-setting, $37.2 million capital campaign the school completed in 2016.
The aluminum, wood, and acrylic wall, installed in an entryway to Ivy Street Center, features etchings of the key building and renovation projects funded by the campaign, replicas of several stained glass windows in Esmond Brady Memorial Chapel, and lists containing the names of the 2,240 donors who contributed to the campaign. The new installation is a lasting tribute to the generosity of the Marist School community and an important piece to commemorate a significant milestone in the school’s history.
Father John Harhager, S.M. and Bishop Joel Konzen, S.M., both of whom played significant roles in the success of the campaign which occurred during their leadership tenure at Marist School, sent messages of gratitude to share with those in attendance.
Cathy Belatti, who chaired the campaign with her husband Frank, read Father Harhager’s words, “What a beautiful and fitting way to remember The Way. The Hope. The Promise. capital campaign, which successfully transformed our campus as we strengthened our ties as a community. The wall reminds us that we have much to be grateful for. God has truly blessed us with a special place and special people. The commemorative donor wall will help all of us remember and celebrate what was achieved and what is possible when we work together as a community, shaped by the ideal of a mission, which calls us to be formed in the image of Christ and to do so under the banner of Mary, his mother.
Voicing Bishop Konzen’s statement, Bill Roche ’76, chairman of Marist’s Board of Trustees, shared: “…I join the Belattis, the administration, and the Marist Fathers in commending the exemplary efforts that are being recognized on the donor wall, which puts a celebratory finish to the hard work pursued with purpose … May God continue to bless the intentions, the dreams, the determination that have so distinguished Marist School in Atlanta.”
The dedication event included a celebratory toast as well as a blessing of the donor wall. With holy water provided by Father Rowland, representative members of the Marist School community showered the wall in a reflection of the collaborative effort that led to the campaign’s exceptional outcome. Father Rowland commented, “The Marist School Board of Trustees, campaign volunteers and benefactors, the Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee, the school’s faculty and staff, the Advancement Office, and the Society of Mary itself—all of these groups helped ensure the campaign’s outstanding success. The impact of their work will be felt for generations.”
Frank Belatti successfully summarized the sentiments of the evening, “I hope that everyone who views this wonderful collection of champions [on the donor wall] will appreciate the role each of them played in the realization of the campaign’s goals; in the knowledge that we willingly and gladly answered the call in our time; and will serve as inspiration to the next generation of donors and workers who will be asked to continue paving the way, instilling the hope, and keeping the promise.”
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