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December 2012

  • Local Business Leaders Donate Funds for Tuition Assistance at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School

    OLOL Alumni Foundation to Host Event at OLOL Presenting Check to Neumann Scholarship Foundation

    Coal Township, PA, Dec. 13, 2012 - The Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Foundation invites media and public to the presentation of more than $240,000 earmarked for Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and tuition assistance. These funds stemmed from the Foundation's campaign for local business contributions under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). Members of the Foundation and those businesses that donated funds will be presenting a check to Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of the Harrisburg Diocese.

    When: December 17, 2012

    Where: OLOL Regional School, 2001 Clinton Avenue, Coal Township, PA - Gymnasium

    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    These funds allow families in need of tuition assistance the opportunity to apply through the Neumann Scholarship Foundation of the Diocese. All the funds collected are reserved strictly for Lourdes. It also allows Lourdes to use existing funds for capital projects and educational improvements.

    About Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Foundation

    The OLOL Alumni Foundation is a network for alumni and friends of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School. As a 501 (c) (3) organization the Foundation is raising funds for the school through endowments, sponsorships, tuitions assistance plans and the Pennsylvania EITC program. The Foundation is committed to maintaining and enhancing excellence in Catholic education. For more information, visit the OLOL Alumni page on Facebook or LinkedIn to connect with other members of the Lourdes community and receive updates on the latest Foundation initiatives. Contact us at Info@SupportLourdes.org.
    12/15/2012

  • OLOL Homecoming Weekend

    On the weekend of January 18 and 19 in 2003 OLOL will celebrate Homecoming as well as welcome our Alumni home with social and sporting events including the Alumni games and the Alumin dinner. For more information including RSVP contact information, click on the Alumni Weekend Flyer here.


    12/10/2012

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Graduate Releases Novel

    Our Lady of Lourdes graduate, Kathryn Burak, released her first novel, Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things (Roaring Brook/Macmillan) on Oct. 2, 2012.

    Emily's Dress is about a girl who steals Emily Dickinson's dress from the poet's museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, and solves the mystery of her best friend's disappearance. The starred Booklist review described the novel as "a complete portrait of loss, longing, redemption, and love,'' and the Independent Booksellers Association put it on its highly-selective New Voices list for 2012.

    "I wanted to tell the story of a girl who is grieving, who turns to the poetry of Emily Dickinson to help her understand her mother's death, but who also finds her own writing transformative," said Burak, a Boston University writing professor who has published numerous short stories and poems in magazines and literary journals such as the Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, Seventeen, and Fiction. She is also the co-author of Writing in the Works, a composition textbook.

    Burak developed a passion for writing as a high school student. "When I first started writing, as a high school student at Lourdes, the message I got was "you can be anything you want to be,'" Burak said. "It came at the right time for me, when I was trying to decide who I was and how to make sense of the world." Burak pursued her interest in writing through college and she went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Burak found setting a novel in Amherst, at the poet's house, too tempting to pass up. "After living in Amherst, you can really feel close to Dickinson," Burak says, "especially if you already love poetry." She is teaming up with the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass., restock the bookshelves in the Dickinson homestead, through a fundraising project.

    Dickinson family members were avid readers and amassed hundreds of volumes, but over the years the books were donated to universities, leaving the shelves bare. Now, museum officials have put together a list of the family's books and hope to garner donations to replenish the shelves.

    Burak got involved after contacting Jane Wald, the museum's executive director, to tell her about her novel.

    "The book has some breaking and entering as well as grand theft." she said, "I was afraid the people who run the museum would want to ban me from Amherst. Instead, they invited me to read there."

    Wald also told Burak about the Replenishing the Shelves project, and Burak decided she wanted to help. "I want my book to help bring some of her books back," Burak said.


    Contact: Kathryn Burak
    kburak@bu.edu
    kathrynburak.com
    617-990-6215

    12/05/2012

October 2012

  • The Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Foundation has collected $240,000 earmarked for tuition assistance and will present a check to Bishop Joseph P. McFadden. Click here for details.

    10/27/2012

June 2012

  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES ALUMNI FOUNDATION CREATED TO SUPPORT FUNDRAISING AND ENDOWMENT EFFORTS
    - Volunteers and alumni launch new foundation to enhance the financial future of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School -

    COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa., June 1, 2012 - In an effort to raise funds and encourage donations directly allocated to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School (OLOL), a group of volunteers and school alumni joined together to create the Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Foundation. Like many private schools across Pennsylvania, OLOL's subsidies from benefactor organizations have substantially decreased. This makes outside donations to OLOL even more crucial to maintain the sustainability and growth of the school's educational programs, as well as its scholarship funds.

    The Foundation is already making headway with regional businesses that have the opportunity to donate directly to the school through the Neumann Scholarship Foundation (NSF), a charitable scholarship organization. Under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), qualified private businesses that donate to the school via the NSF are eligible to receive a tax credit of 75 to 90 percent of their donation, with credits exceeding no greater than $300,000 per taxable year. Monies designated through EITC to OLOL are then available for need-based tuition assistance.

    "Our goal is to raise awareness and rally area businesses to take advantage of money available that can help the future of OLOL," said Tony Varano, Chairman of the Foundation. "So our very first step is to spread the word about helping the school through the EITC program and assisting participants to apply. If we don't take advantage of programs like these, others will and it's time for our community to step to the plate and get involved."

    For businesses that wish to participate in the EITC program, applications for fiscal year 2012-2013 will be accepted starting July 2, 2012. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the $75 million Commonwealth funding is exhausted. The Foundation will assist businesses through the application process and work with the NSF to ensure timely completion and that monies are designated directly to OLOL. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 60 days of submission by the Commonwealth.

    To donate to the school, companies must complete a simple one-page application to donate funds through the NSF, designating OLOL as the desired recipient, an opportunity open to any who wish to donate. Interested businesses can email OLOLinfo@SupportLourdes.org for more information. The OLOL Alumni Foundation is available to assist in the application process and answer any questions donors and prospective donors may have.

    ABOUT THE OLOL ALUMNI FOUNDATION
    The OLOL Alumni Foundation is a network for alumni and friends of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School. As a 501 (c) (3) organization the Foundation is raising funds for the school through endowments, sponsorships, tuitions assistance plans and the Pennsylvania EITC program. The Foundation is committed to maintaining and enhancing excellence in Catholic education. For more information, visit the OLOL Alumni page on Facebook to connect with other members of the Lourdes community and receive updates on the latest Foundation initiatives.


    06/04/2012