Mercy Academy has been named the winner of the #RivalsUnite4Girls fundraising challenge.
The four all-girl Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville — Assumption High School, Mercy Academy, Presentation Academy and Sacred Heart Academy — teamed up last month for the joint alumnae fundraising initiative.
The challenge began March 13 and concluded March 24. During this time, alumnae were encouraged to financially support their school’s annual fund.
Mercy Academy had the highest percentage of alumnae participation at 20.34 percent. The school will take home a “golden piggy bank” and “bragging rights for the year,” a joint news release from the four schools said.
Presentation Academy came in second with 19.47 percent followed closely by Sacred Heart Academy with 18.51 percent and Assumption High School with 17.4 percent.
In total, the four schools raised close to $245,000 from 3,846 alumnae in just 12 days. (Percentage of participation totals reflect contributions from July 1, 2016 until March 24, 2017.)
Mercy Academy raised $24,759.16 from 645 donors.
Presentation Academy raised $46,822.37 from 1,055 donors. Sacred Heart raised $116,082.35 from 1,125 donors and 1,071 alumnae donated $57,293.45 to Assumption High School.
Amy Elstone, principal of Mercy Academy, said in the release that she’s thankful.“There is no greater example for our current students than to see our alumnae show their support for the future of our schools.”
Martha Pfaadt Tedesco, principal of Assumption High School, said the “challenge made a huge impact in our alumnae engagement and giving.” “Watching all the schools percentage of participation increase in 12 days was amazing.”
Mary Lee McCoy, principal of Sacred Heart Academy, said the campaign “brought much needed awareness for all-girls Catholic education in Louisville.”
Barbara Wine, principal of Presentation Academy, said the school is “overwhelmed” by the response from alumnae. “We saw such an increase over last year’s campaign, from dollars raised to the number of donors. We still have much to celebrate.”