CBA Launches $12 Million Capital Campaign, Forever CBA: Securing Our Mission
October 21, 2019
Christian Brothers Academy proudly announced its new capital campaign, Forever CBA: Securing Our Mission, on Saturday, October 19th at a special launch event held on the CBA campus.
The ambitious $12 million campaign has two primary focuses: increasing the school endowment and enhancing campus facilities. When complete, Forever CBA will help the Academy to grow its scholarship program, improve the physical plant, enrich academic programs, and provide a steady stream of revenue for the decades ahead.
At the launch event, CBA President Brother Frank Byrne ‘75 was able to help the 300+ attendees visualize the exciting improvements to the campus, as well as explain what a larger endowment can do for the Academy.
“For over 60 years, Christian Brothers Academy has provided an excellent Catholic education to over 11,000 young men,” Brother Frank said. “As we look back with pride on our many accomplishments, we truly need to ready ourselves for what lies ahead. The Forever CBA Campaign addresses the question, ‘what must we do today in order to be ready for the future?’”
Brother Frank and Campaign Chairman Donald Norkus ‘67 announced at Saturday’s launch event that the Forever CBA campaign has already raised $8.7 million towards its goal.
Forever CBA will provide funding for the future by growing CBA’s endowment programs. Mainly, the endowment will continue to support scholarships that fulfill the school’s mission of providing a Catholic education to students regardless of a family’s financial situation. The endowment portion of the campaign will also invest in the Academy’s faculty and staff with endowed positions, advanced technology and further training. The campaign will also endow extracurricular activities, including service immersion trips and performing arts, which have become engrained in the Academy’s DNA.
Second, Forever CBA will enhance the school’s 157-acre campus by renovating or rebuilding several key structures for both academics and athletics.
One of these buildings is the famed Round Barn, which was built in the 1930’s as a horse training facility but has developed into an important practice home for CBA’s nationally-ranked track & field program. The Round Barn will be rebuilt in the exact same footprint and finished to resemble the historic structure. It will include a synthetic track floor, energy-efficient lighting, radiant heat and roof ventilation, a multipurpose practice infield, and restroom facilities.
The Academy plans to enhance the academic facilities to offer a more functional, multi-purpose space for CBA’s 20+ STEM courses, primarily in a rebuilt McKenna Hall. A second building, Benilde Hall, will be rebuilt to house the loyal Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs, as well as the Alumni Association and additional administrative space. The Food Court will also be expanded to meet the needs of the ever-growing student population.
The CBA Soccer and Lacrosse Field will be relocated to the front of campus in a new location visible from Newman Springs Road, equipped with new stadium-type bleacher seating. CBA’s Tennis Courts will be significantly renovated and improved to include enhanced spectator viewing, a covered pavilion, player practice areas and parking.
A new, relocated track & field outdoor facility will feature an eight-lane track that incorporates a natural grass infield and the most up-to-date safety and performance technology.
This will be the fourth capital campaign in CBA’s 60-year history. Most recently, Project 50th was completed in 2012 to recognize the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding and enhance the main school facility.