2019 Campaign

For 2019, St. Leonard has launched a new campaign to restore the infrastructure of the chapel front and portico walkways. This is a campus-wide and community campaign with a goal to raise $300,000 by the end of the year. So far, as of June 17, 2019, the total committed is $127,081.06.


Here are the artwork plans:

 The work to be done includes:

  • New exterior lighting
  • Exterior painting
  • Associated electrical work
  • Demo pavers
  • Column buildout
  • Replace angle iron (2)
  • Concrete demo and install stamped/standard concrete
  • Painting under arches
  • Demo existing front wall, new seat
  • New curved metal roof
  • Drive throughway from Marketing lot to Chapel entrance
  • Landscaping, mulching and seeding


All donors will become members of the Franciscan Heritage Society and be invited to a thank you celebration on December 11th, 2019. All donors will also have their names listed in the History of the St. Leonard Chapel publication to be released at the end of the year and will receive a complimentary copy.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the campaign, please contact Debbie Parrett, Fund Development, 937-439-7152.


  HELPFUL TIP: Will you have an IRA Required Minimum Distribution for 2019? Here's how you can make it count.

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To make such gifts, it is important not to withdraw funds prior to a gift but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. 

Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information to see if this would be advantageous for your tax situation.