QUINCY -- Two Quincy Notre Dame High School graduates will lead the school's annual fund drive.
Andy Deters and Monica Hinkamper have been named to chair the 42nd Fund Drive, which kicks off Jan. 18 with a breakfast meeting at the school announcing this year's fundraising goal.
"The Fund Drive is the most important fundraiser that Quincy Notre Dame does annually. Funds from the Fund Drive support operations of Quincy Notre Dame High School and also provide additional tuition assistance for students to attend QND. It's truly our lifeline to our past, and hopefully our future, success," said Kurt Stuckman, executive director of the Quincy Notre Dame foundation, which oversees the drive.
The QND Foundation has raised more than $13 million in the past 41 years and exceeded its 2018 goal by $51,000.
"We've had a clear demonstration from the community that they support secondary Catholic education here in Quincy," Stuckman said.
The first six weeks of QND's Fund Drive will focus on donations from the business community. The parish phase will follow with commitment weekend March 2 and 3, when members of Catholic parishes in Quincy and Hannibal, Mo., are asked for donations. The alumni phase will begin May 1 with the phon-a-thon, when QND graduates are asked to contribute funds to their alma mater.
"Quincy is blessed with a lot of great schools. As Catholics, we are lucky to have Quincy Notre Dame in our community," Deters said. "Every day the teachers and staff at Quincy Notre Dame work to provide a holistic education to students. In an ever-changing and challenging world, QND remains steadfast instilling the humility and spirituality students need to be productive, well-adjusted adults."
Deters is a 1989 graduate of QND and graduated from Illinois State University. He works as a packaging consultant for Chicago-based Midland Paper. Deters is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and is involved in several parish ministries and active in the Quincy Cursillo movement. He and his wife, Jennifer (Hipps), a 1990 QND graduate, have two children, Jack, a freshman at Iowa State, and Caroline, a sophomore at QND.
Monica (Briddle) Hinkamper is a 1982 QND graduate and also graduated from University of Illinois Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. She is general manager/director of tennis and pickleball at Quincy Racquet club.
Hinkamper is a lifelong member of St. Francis Solanus parish. She serves as the secretary of the St. Francis Pastoral Council, is a member of the QND Hall of Fame Board and served six years on the QND Foundation Board. She and her husband Ric, ‘81, are parents of Dr. Ashley Dietrich, ‘08, and Ian, ‘11.
"Quincy Notre Dame provides a strong Christian foundation and atmosphere in order to develop future leaders. Each student is known personally, is encouraged to acclimate through and navigate daily challenges and to grow spiritually with confidence," Hinkamper said. "Quincy Notre Dame is vital to our community, and the Fund Drive provides necessary financial assistance and growth opportunities for many students."
In addition to the leadership of Andy Deters and Monica Hinkamper, QND's Fund Drive will be supported by more than 100 volunteers throughout the business, parish and alumni phases of the drive.
The Business Phase is led by:
Commercial division leaders Patrick Cook ‘02, corporate account manager, Dot Foods; Jill Kelly, community volunteer; and Andy Tappe ‘00, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch.
Financial division leaders Brady Frericks ‘07, assistant vice president-business banking and commercial lending, Homebank; Steve Green, accountant, Prince Agri Products; and Jim Obert ‘78, vice president/lending officer, First Bankers Trust of Quincy.
Industrial division leaders Morgan (Grawe) Miles, ‘08, interior designer, Architechnics; Alan Musholt ‘82, Hollister Whitney Corp.; and Debbie (Ericson) Naught ‘74, architect, Klingner and Associates.
Professional division leaders Will Meckes ‘06, associate attorney, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchell; Jayne (Schulte) Pieper ‘98, promotions coordinator, Blessing Corporate Services; and Jake Scholz ‘00, attorney, Scholz and Scholz.