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Town Pump donates $1 Million to Butte Central

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is donating $1 million to Butte Central Catholic schools, Tom Kenneally Sr., founder of Town Pump Inc., said Thursday night.

Kenneally, a 1942 graduate of Butte Central High, made the announcement during the dedication of the Lifetime Achievement Hallway, named after the Kenneally family, in the Maroon Activities Center.

Kenneally said the gift “will help fund the successful future of Butte Central Catholic education.”

The foundation will provide Butte Central schools $100,000 a year for 10 years, according to a news release.

Kenneally Sr. said the gift will create three separate funds:

-Tom and Mary Ann Kenneally Excellence Fund, “to be used by

faculty and staff to fund solutions that encourage and reward innovation in the pursuit of excellence in education”

- Kenneally Family Town Pump Scholarship Fund, “to provide assistance to families in need of tuition support”

- Kenneally Family Faculty Fund, “to improve faculty salaries and benefits to attract and retain outstanding educators.”

“For more than 100 years Butte Central has provided a quality, Catholic-based education rich in values and tradition,” he told a large crowd of Central staff, faculty and other supporters. “Mary and I and our family appreciate the quality education Catholic schools have provided. The values that Butte Central reflects and promotes have greatly impacted not only our lives but the lives of future generations. This is a tradition we feel strongly about upholding.”

Don Peoples Jr., development director of the Butte Central Foundation, called the news “tremendous.

“We are just honored and blessed to be remembered by the Kenneallys and the Town Pump Charitable Foundation,” he said Thursday night.

He said the money will have a huge impact on the schools’ future.

“We have many challenges to provide scholarships and adequate salaries for our outstanding teachers,” he said.

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