QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame Foundation Executive Director Kurt Stuckman believes producing a quality product encourages support for continuing the effort.
The philosophy proved true again with the 2019 QND Fund Drive, which raised $484,437 in gifts and pledges for school operations and tuition assistance.
The fund drive total, announced during halftime of Friday night's football game, topped the $438,000 campaign goal by $46,437.
"The Fund Drive is the most important fundraiser we have every year. It's the lifeline to QND and our success," Stuckman said.
Fund drive co-chairmen Andy Deters '89 and Monica Hinkamper '82 thanked the QND family for its support.
"Every year QND is faced with the uncertainty of funding and the challenge of meeting our operating budget, and each year, the QND family steps up to meet the challenge," Deters said.
"The sacrifice and passion from all of our donors to ensure the continued success and growth of QND and its students are a blessing," Hinkamper said. "Thank you again to our many dedicated donors."
Stuckman credited teachers and staff who work hard putting out a quality product in QND students.
"They're college-ready, ready to be leaders," Stuckman said. "When you look at student success, it really drives why folks in the community and alumni around the country want to get involved with the fund drive."
Division chairmen for the 2019 business portion of the drive, which kicked off in January, were Patrick Cook '02, Brady Frericks '07, Steve Green, Jill Kelly, Will Meckes '06, Morgan Miles '08, Alan Musholt '82, Debbie Naught '74, Jim Obert '78, Jayne Pieper '98, Jacob Scholz '00 and Andy Tappe '00.
The fund drive keeps tuition affordable by paying a portion of the school's operating expenses to close the gap between the cost to educate and student tuition. The campaign also provides financial assistance to students.
Over the past 42 years, the QND Fund Drive has raised more than $16 million.
Friday night's halftime announcement with students in the stands provided "an opportunity to celebrate the success," Stuckman said. "We just thank the community and everyone associated with QND for all they do for over 150 years."