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St. Rita Aerial Academy affairs to breach arena on a new fettle centermost Friday, acknowledgment to a $2.5 actor gift.
The apprenticed donation came from Bernard DelGiorno, aboriginal carnality admiral of investments for UBS Banking Services. In the past, DelGiorno has fabricated big donations to the University of Chicago .
In acceptance of his gift, the all-boys Catholic aerial academy at 7740 S. Western Ave. will clearly be now amid on the Bernard J. DelGiorno Campus. The school’s name, however, will abide St. Rita.
Aside from a new fettle center, the money will be acclimated for resurfacing the gym attic and convalescent the baseball complex. A allocation of the allowance — $800,000 — additionally will be acclimated to accession the school’s endowment, St. Rita’s Admiral Michael Zunica said.
“We absolutely feel acceptable about our ability here. But we consistently anion we had a astounding abode with a bad bat in agreement of the weight room,” Zunica said Wednesday.
Construction of the 6,000-square-foot fettle centermost is accepted to be complete back acceptance acknowledgment from summer breach Aug. 17, Zunica said. The fettle centermost will be called for Ernie Mrozek, a 1971 St. Rita alum and who served as the school’s admiral for bristles years until Zunica was called to the column in 2016.
Mrozek, a Hinsdale resident, was the aboriginal layperson to serve as admiral of St. Rita. He continues to serve as administrator of the board. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Morzek was the arch banking administrator for ServiceMaster, which owns nds such as Terminix, Merry Maids and TruGreen.
DelGiorno, a citizen of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, was alien to St. Rita through Nick LoMaglio, who works for DelGiorno and accelerating from the South Side aerial academy in 2004, Zunica said.
Together, they formed to accompany the Advice Beyond the Clroom affairs to St. Rita. The affairs pairs business professionals with acceptance to action application opportunities, scholarships and advice aimed at allowance adolescent bodies in their careers.
“(DelGiorno) aloof loves what is demography abode here. He is now an honorary alumnus,” said Zunica, who expects St. Rita to accept about 600 acceptance abutting year.
DelGiorno, a Calumet Aerial Academy and University of Chicago graduate, additionally donated $5 actor to the University of Chicago in 2005. This donation helped pay for lighting at Stagg Field, as able-bodied as allowance to body a new uming arts centermost and a 900-student abode hall, according to The Chicago Maroon, the campus newspaper.
DelGiorno additionally contributed $3 actor against the architecture of his alma mater’s Ratner Athletic Center. The fettle centermost and ascertainment accouter additionally buck his name, according to the newspaper.
Signs acquainted DelGiorno at St. Rita went up beforehand this month, said Zunica, abacus that the new fettle centermost follows improvements to the school’s liry and the accession of a apprentice lounge.
“We absolutely accept a lot of drive at the academy appropriate now,” Zunica said. “Everywhere we go we apprehend acceptable things about St. Rita.”
Howard Ludwig is a freelance anchorman for the Daily Southtown.