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Joe O'Donnell and family make historic $5 million gift to Malden Catholic High School

Posted by boston.com  October 16, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Malden Catholic High School:

Joe O’Donnell, a 1962 graduate of Malden Catholic High School, has made a $5 million gift to the Essential Malden Catholic Campaign.  This is the largest donation ever received in the history of Malden Catholic.

 “We are so grateful for the incredible generosity of Joe O’Donnell and his family,” said Edward C. Tyrrell, Malden Catholic Headmaster.  “His leadership gift opens the door to Malden Catholic’s future and ensures the mission of the Xaverian Brothers will live on in the Malden area.”

“Malden Catholic makes a real difference in the lives of students,” said O’Donnell.  “For more than eighty years, the school has turned local boys into hardworking young men of character and commitment.The people and communities north of Boston need this school.  Malden Catholic is local, its mission is important, and it is worthy of a sustainable future. Now is the time for others to join in supporting the Essential Campaign.”

The Essential Malden Catholic Campaign seeks funding for campus modernization, including a new science wing and learning commons, and a strategic operating reserve fund.

About The Essential Malden Catholic Campaign
The Essential Malden Catholic Campaign seeks $15 million for significant improvements to the educational infrastructure, academics, technology, faculty salaries and strategic operating reserve fund.  Already, alumni, friends and members of the Malden Catholic community are supporting this initiative with time, expertise and financial resources.

About Malden Catholic
Since 1932, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2013 applied to 239 colleges and universities distributed across forty states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $19 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org

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