October 1, 2019 (Richfield, MN) – Due to the generosity and support of benefactors, Academy of Holy Angels is excited to announce that the Our Call: To Lead & Serve comprehensive fundraising campaign has surpassed its goal of $10.5 million. This is the most successful campaign in the 88-year history of the school and has been a collective effort led by Honorary Chairs Fr. Mike Tix and Mary Jo Feltl, Co-Chairs Chuck and Colleen Knapp and Joe and Beth Meyer, President Tom Shipley, a volunteer Campaign Cabinet, the school’s Board of Trustees and Advancement Team.
A public announcement of the campaign was released in February 2019, and at that point, the campaign had already raised approximately $8.4 million. Since February, community members have come together to give an additional $2.6 million to the effort – bringing the total amount raised to just over $11 million. Over 200 gifts in excess of $5,000 and many more of all amounts have brought this campaign over the finish line. Campaign Honorary Chair Mary Jo Feltl expressed her gratitude by saying, “Congratulations and thank you to all who participated and supported the campaign including the parents who sacrifice so much to send their children to Academy of Holy Angels. It has been a great honor to help AHA, its students, faculty and staff who served my grandchildren so well.”
The Our Call: To Lead & Serve campaign is a response to the school’s 2014 strategic plan and a 2016 feasibility study and an effort to comprehensively fund both capital enhancements and annual funding for Holy Angels. Funds raised have had an immediate impact by allowing Academy of Holy Angels to improve student access through increased financial aid, to fund increased teacher salaries and compensation packages and to build on the school’s endowment. In addition, AHA has recently renovated eight classrooms, made significant upgrades to the theater, installed a second turf athletic field and dome, totally resurfaced all roadways/parking, renewed roofing in each wing, upgraded lighting and electrical throughout the facility.
“God has blessed Academy of Holy Angels with supportive people who have done their part to help us reach this historic and transformational effort,” said Fr. Mike Tix, Honorary Chair. “While our work will be ongoing, this campaign has positioned Holy Angels to build on its strong past to a bright future that will serve generations to come. Surpassing our goal speaks to this community’s belief in this mission of strong academics rooted in the Catholic faith.”
Because of a recent generous lead gift to the campaign, school leadership and Board of Trustees will be focusing efforts on building out a new state-of-the-art STEM lab which will be housed in the upper level of the school’s newest wing, the Convocation Center. The new STEM wing will be the culmination of the school’s response to creating advanced leadership in STEM education in the Twin Cities. The school plans to open the new STEM Center at the beginning of school in August of 2020.
Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school in Richfield, MN,
educating students in grades nine through twelve. The mission of AHA is to educate and nurture a diverse student population so that each student, as a whole person, may achieve full potential to excel intellectually, to live spiritually, to lead responsibly, to act justly, and to serve selflessly.