The Notre Dame School of Dallas has raised 90 percent of its $11 million Hearts & Hammers Campaign to improve its facility and programming, according to campaign chair Mary Terry. She made the announcement Saturday at the school’s 32nd annual fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.
Notre Dame serves North Texas children and young adults of all faiths as Dallas’ only school dedicated to youth with intellectual disabilities. It serves 150 students ages 8 to 22 with IQ scores ranging from 30 to 70 with an emphasis on life skills and vocational training.
The funds are being used to renovate the school building, enroll 20 more students, enhance the curriculum and replace vehicles used to transport students to school and job sites, according to a spokeswoman. The upgrade to classrooms, the gym, cafeteria, therapy spaces and vocational training areas is expected to be complete by year’s end.
“We are excited to show the community what persons with intellectual disabilities can accomplish when they receive an education designed to meet their unique learning needs,” principal Theresa Francis said.
Key supporters are:
$2 million: The Rees-Jones Foundation.
$1 million: The Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation and Charles Phipps.
$500,000 to $999,999: Shannon and Jeff Estes family.
$250,000 to $499,999: Catholic Diocese of Dallas, The Constantin Foundation, Hamon Foundation, The Hillcrest Foundation, Hoblitzelle Foundation and The Meadows Foundation.
$100,000 to $249,999: Walter Adams family, Cindy and Mitch Bell, The Catholic Foundation, Shelly and Tom Codd, Duda Family Foundation, Julie and Frank Hubach, Matejek Family Foundation, Barbara and Jim Moroney, Perot Foundation, Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation, Marianne and Roger Staubach, The John and Bonnie Strauss Foundation, Mary and Richard Templeton, and George and Fay Young Foundation.
$50,000 to $99,999: Carolyn and Buzz Crutcher, Galvin family, Walter Henrion, Hoglund Foundation, June and Peter McGuire, Popolo family, Kim and David Roosevelt, and Grace and Joe Saar.
To learn more, visit notredameschool.org.
Family gifts to UNT
Oklahoma philanthropist Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer Jr. has given $1.65 million to his alma mater, the University of North Texas. In addition, his nephew and fellow alumnus Dr. Christian O’Donnell has donated $250,000.
Westheimer’s funds are earmarked for a new golf practice facility, the Bruzzy Westheimer Graduate Fellowship in Human Security, a previously commissioned sculpture by the late artist and alumnus Jesús Moroles, the Valerie Dean Westheimer Memorial Fellowship for Visual Arts and Design, which honors his sister, and the Kuehne Speaker Series.
O’Donnell’s grant will support the Valerie Dean Westheimer Graduate Fellowship in Music and the Valerie Dean Westheimer Scholarship in Music.
“As soon as I felt I could give back financially to my alma mater, I chose disciplines that I like,” Westheimer said. “I am and have always been about education.”