The “Keep Saint Louis Downtown” fund has been established and will be administered by Project Build A Future, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization celebrating its 20th anniversary in Lake Charles. The fund will be set up at First Federal Bank here in town.
The goal and mission of the fund is to provide funding to allow the diocese to keep and rebuild Saint Louis High School at its current 15 acre site on Bank Street in central Lake Charles. The fundraising drive is divided into three equally important tiers.
1) individual donations (with a minimum $1000 donation)
2) larger local business donations and
3) larger foundation donations.
The donations are FULLY REFUNDABLE in the event the goal (keeping Saint Louis downtown) is not met. Put another way, donations will be promptly refunded in the event the diocese makes the decision to move Saint Louis from its present central Lake Charles location. In the event an individual, business or foundation does not want their donation refunded, those funds would be used for educational grants within Project Build A Futures target area (central and north Lake Charles).
Donations can be made online (a 3% processing fee will apply) or checks can be mailed to, or dropped off at, the law firm of Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel and Wilson, 723 Broad Street, Lake Charles, La, 70601 (corner or Broad and Kirkman). Checks should be made payable to “PBAF/Keep St. Louis Downtown”.
All donations not refunded will be tax deductible for the 2021 tax year. Donor information needed for potential refunds are simply name, address, cell number and e-mail (for contact purposes). The identity of any individual or business who wishes to donate but remain anonymous, will be kept confidential.
We are very excited to do this and believe this fund will be a true game changer. Let’s show the School and the diocese how serious we really are about keeping our Saints downtown!