On Monday, March 31, Joe Fahey, Centennial Campaign Co-Chair, announced to a room full of
contributors and dignitaries in the soon-to-be Learning Commons that the challenge had been met and Avila would receive the $1
million Mabee Challenge grant!
None of this would have been possible without the staunch support of alumni, friends and supporters, including a $1 million contribution from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and $600,000 from The Goppert Foundation.
“I am grateful for the pride our generous alumni and friends show in our University and in helping Avila move forward,” Slepitza said. “This is terrific news and paves the way to continue what has been an unprecedented period of renovation and expansion at Avila. The campus already has undergone more physical additions to campus in the last five years – including new residence halls, dining halls, athletics fields and a pavilion – than it did in the previous 50. With the completion of these projects in August, Avila further positions itself as a beacon of higher education in the Kansas City area and region and as we approach our centennial in 2016.”