Marymount Alumni Donate $30,000 to Raise for the Roof

By Cathy Doud
Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia welcomed representatives of the Marymount Alumni Association on July 27 as they presented a generous check to the sisters to be used for the Raise for the Roof project.

Rodd Glavin, class of 1984, and Susan Martin Tackett, class of 1982, represented the alumni for the presentation of the donation.

Glavin presented a check on behalf of the alumni to match the donations already given for the roof by Marymount alumni. In total, the Marymount alumni raised $30,000 for the Raise for the Roof campaign.

"The sisters supported us, now its time for us to support them," Glavin said. "That's the reason we hold Marymount so close to our heart, it is the people who were there."

"We're here to give back," Tackett said.

"Marymount College was a very special place and holds many wonderful memories for our sisters. It is always a joy to reconnect with former students, to reminisce, hear about their lives and renew friendships," President Jean Rosemarknoski, CSJ, said. "We are deeply grateful to the alumni and the association for the financial support they continue to give us. We are humbled and blessed to accept their very generous gift."

The Raise for the Roof campaign is a fundraiser to replace the roof on the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. The roof on the Motherhouse was last replaced in 1992 and is currently comprised of asphalt shingles. As time has continued, more and more patches have needed to be made to fix leaks that are damaging walls.

"The roof replacement is not optional," said Ambria Gilliland, assistant director of development for Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. "It's something that has to be done and we are so grateful for how the Marymount Alumni have really stepped up to help us out."

The product chosen for replacement is a metal roof which will closely mimic the original slate tiles installed when the building was erected, and will also last much longer than the asphalt shingles. The roof over St. Pat's Hall, connected to the south side of the Motherhouse, was replaced several years ago with the same material and it has proven to be a quality product.

If you are interested in donating to help Raise for the Roof, you can visit www.csjkansas.org and select "Roof" in the donation box. Or, if you send in a donation, just designate roof in your correspondence.