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Century Club’s annual fund drive kicks off

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The first pass sold in Kuemper Century Club's annual fund drive goes to Godfather's Pizza in Carroll, represented by Greg Odendahl, a 2003 Kuemper graduate who is one of the restaurant's owners. Awarding the pass is Century Club co-chair Amy Schreck. Also participating in the presentation are (back, from left) co-chairs Karen Hensel and Dave Snyder, new Kuemper Activities Director Mike Power, Kuemper Catholic High School Principal Pete Haefs and Kuemper Catholic School System President John Steffes.

Kuemper Century Club’s annual fund drive is underway, raising support for all the school’s extracurricular activities — sports, music, speech, mock trial, plays, musicals and more.

More than 95 percent of Kuemper students participate in at least one extracurricular activity.

Century Club co-chairs are the same as last year: John and Kelly Hicks, Lisa Irlbeck, Sarah Simons, Dave Snyder, Karen Hensel, Amy Schreck and Cindy Tiefenthaler.

Century Club raises more than $70,000 to fund Kuemper’s extracurricular activities and is the primary source of funding for all activities. Only 13 percent of the activity fees assessed to the students cover the cost of participation.

The campaign this year offers a new level of membership — Templar Knight.

The membership levels are:

President’s Club — This is for those who can do something special for Kuemper’s activity programs by making a contribution of $500 or more. A donor making a $500 contribution receives: four passes for home, not tournament, athletic events; unlimited popcorn at home events; 10 friends and family passes; and complimentary passes to the high school play and musical.

Golden Knight — A donor making a $300 contribution will receive four passes for home, non-tournament, athletic events.

Templar Knight — A donor making a $225 contribution will receive two passes, the donor’s name will be listed on Kuemper’s website and in all home football programs, plus the donor will receive unlimited popcorn at home athletic events and two passes to the high school play and two passes to the high school musical — a value of more than $900.

Silver Knight — This is a $160 contribution. The donor will receive two athletic passes.

Knight — For a donation of $85, the donor receives a single athletic pass.

Each pass given has a minimum value in excess of $325.

People not contacted during the campaign but who wish to contribute may donate online at or contact any of the campaign co-chairpersons, or email Century Club coordinator Cindy Lawler at cllawler@kuemper.or or call her at 712-792-2212.

Century Club membership passes will have a new look this year. The cards will be made of a hard plastic (not likely to disintegrate in the wash) and will have a barcode on them along with the individual or business member’s name. To gain admittance to games and meets, the cards must be scanned at the entrance. Members will be allowed to take a picture of their cards and store them on their smartphones. The pictures must be clear so that workers at the games can scan the barcodes. The scannable cards will help track the use of the Century Club passes, as well as the number of fans in attendance at games/meets. Note that Century Club members will be asked to pay at the entrance if they do not have their card or a scannable version of the card on their smartphone available to be scanned.

Kuemper Catholic School System President John Steffes commented, “The Century Club has a great history at Kuemper, beginning as a simple goodwill club in the 1960s to being an important foundation for supporting the school’s mission of educating future minds, bodies and souls. The Century Club is there for all our Kuemper Knights, such as the seventh-grade cross country runner or the freshman clarinet player in the band or the senior linebacker on the varsity football team. Our young Knights are busy growing and improving throughout the entire school year, and the Century Club is always behind them. Thank you to our many supporters cheering on our young Knights, especially when you contribute to this year’s Century Club drive. When you support the Century Club, you are a part of every Kuemper Knight performing successfully on their stages and playing fields. Thank you, and go Knights.”

Kuemper High School Principal Pete Haefs said, “With all of the challenges we have faced this year, it is a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings and show our gratitude to God. We are so blessed to be so well supported by the many members of our Kuemper family. Especially in times of struggle, it can be so empowering to feel that sense of security offered by a strong family supporting our shared mission for the sake of our students. We thank all those who support our school and its many endeavors to help each student learn better who they are, and who God is calling them to be. We each have a unique purpose, and your support helps us to help our students to learn theirs.”

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