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Anonymous donor to match up to $20K given to Butler Catholic

During a time of financial hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Butler Catholic School is receiving some much-needed help from a mysterious source.

An anonymous donor has offered to match donations to the school up to $20,000 from now until Aug. 28.

In a news release, Butler Catholic stated that preparing for different scenarios caused by the coronavirus pandemic has strained its budget.

Kathy Dudley, school director of development, said the school typically raises anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 each year, but only has raised a third of the $20,000 needed for the match. Because of the state’s restrictions on large gatherings, Butler Catholic has been unable to hold any fundraisers as it has in the past.

Donations to the school can be mailed or dropped off at 515 E. Locust St. in Butler, 16001, or made through the school’s website.

Dudley said Butler Catholic is not in a dire situation or in danger of closing. Donations now would be a way to help the school get a jump start on this year’s budget, she said.

The deadline for donations, Aug. 28, coincides with the Feast of St. Augustine, a celebration of his life and service to the church, she said.