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Damien Memorial School launched the E Ho’opa’a capital campaign to upgrade its campus with specific objectives:
- To better meet student needs in order to improve their educational and physical development
- To strengthen Catholic education
- To increase student enrollment
- To strengthen the financial viability and competitiveness of the school
Damien Memorial School’s tri-phased E Ho’opa’a Campaign fulfills a single complex strategic goal developed by its Board of Directors:
Damien Memorial School will develop and implement a master plan for building and ground utilization and maintenance that will encompass upgrades or new classroom(s), offices, athletic facilities, and conference rooms.
- Multipurpose Athletic Building – including space for wrestling, judo and weight training
- Music Building – upgraded music practice rooms with improved acoustics and additional storage areas for instruments and equipment
- Student Services Center – housing a library with state-of-the-art technology, additional classroom space, counseling offices, health room, administration and conference meeting spaces
- Parking Lot – expansion that will provide much needed parking for faculty and students.
- Upgraded football field and track
Total Campaign: $15 million
PHASE I (Part 1 - Now Complete!) Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Building A Reality
Raymond Tam spoke about his uncle’s inspirational life story and laid the foundation to explain Clarence T.C. Ching’s commitment to quality education, work ethic, his generosity, insight, and business savvy. Mr. Tam made available copies of a recently published book on his uncle, A Prophecy Fulfilled: The Story of Clarence T.C. Ching, to faculty, the administration and guests.
The blessing and dedication of the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Building took place on December 10, 2015 on the Damien Memorial School campus.
Festivities that morning commenced with a school assembly where the student body and guests were welcomed by the school’s ROTC Color Guard and Concert Band, along with the Master of Ceremonies, Rudolph Alejo (’69). The program featured speakers Gregory Sitar (’78), Chairman of Damien Memorial School Board of Directors; Raymond Tam, the Vice Chair and Secretary of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, who also happens to be the nephew of Clarence T.C. Ching; Damien Memorial’s President and CEO, Bernard Ho; Damien’s Athletic Director, Wallace Aina, Jr. (’70); and Student Body President, Rhiannon Palmere (’16)
After the student body belted out a spirited rendition of Damien Memorial’s Alma Mater, guests proceeded to the sports field and the building for the blessing, administered by Fr. Dennis Koshko, Former Chairman of Damien Memorial School Board of Directors.
Ono food and refreshments were served to guests followed by open house tours of the beautiful new complex that contains state of the art athletic and training equipment.
Mahalo nui loa to the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation for making the athletic building a reality!
Campaign next goal:
PHASE I (Part 2 - Music Building) We need your help to make our next dream a reality...
Our next goal, the new music building, will replace the “temporary” band room building erected more than 40 years ago. The new 3,300 sq. ft. building will feature the latest in acoustic and sound-separation technologies and provide and will provide instrumental practice and rehearsal space.
Please consider making an investment to our students' future...
“When I attended Damien in the 1970’s, the facilities were very sparse…no gym, no real band room and same beat up football field. In order for the school to survive, facilities must continue to improve to attract students who desire the education that will allow them to succeed at the next level. ~ Kerry Ishihara ’76, Dentist
PHASE II: Student Services Center
The 6,000 sq. ft. Student Services Center will feature technology-advanced multipurpose library and resource center, additional classroom space, a health room as well as offices and meeting spaces.
Timeline: Planning phase
PHASE III: Track and Field
Complementing the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex, the track and practice field will be relocated and upgraded, including replacing the grass with synthetic turf on the field. In addition to a planned 100-yard practice field, built-in bleachers will enhance the athletic complex.
Timeline: Planning phase
SUPPORT DAMIEN'S E HO'OPA'A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
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Tax-deductible donations can mailed to:
Damien Memorial School
E Ho'opa'a Campaign
1401 Houghtailing Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Or to make a donation by phone, call Office of Institutional Advancement at (808) 841-0195, Ext. 532.
This campaign marks the start of a comprehensive fund development program for Damien that will include the capital campaign, ongoing annual giving, and fundraising activities and events that will support student needs into the future.
For more information, contact Office of Institutional Advancement at (808) 841-0195, ext. 532 or email@example.com.