LO family's $25,000 pledge challenges others to support rebuilding Notre Dame
Lake Oswego resident Leo Conkle said Wednesday, April 17, that he would match donations of up to $25,000 in support of the rebuilding effort at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was severely damaged in an April 15 fire.
The pledge was announced by the philanthropy department at Mary's Woods, where Conkle lives. In a press release, Mary's Woods Director of Philanthropy Colette Rees said Conkle was particularly moved by the event because his family had just visited the cathedral last week.
"We must do our part to help rebuild Notre Dame and I know others would like to help out as well," Conkle said in the release. "This matching grant opportunity is there to encourage others to do what they can."
Donations can be made at www.MarysWoods.org. Follow the prompts at the home or donate page. Gifts must be received by May 30.
"We believe in the power of community and new life. Many of the residents of Mary's Woods have powerful memories and personal experiences from their travels to Notre Dame," said Diane Hood, Mary's Woods president and chief executive officer in the press release. "We have supported restoration efforts to restore the Columbia River Gorge after devastating fires, and supported efforts to help rebuild communities after damaging hurricanes. This Notre Dame restoration effort is 100% resident driven and we are proud to be a part of the solution that will bring this beacon of faith back to life."
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