Padua Plus+ Campaign: STORIES

Advancing the Mission of Padua Franciscan High School

The Fredecker Family Foundation
The Fredecker Family Foundation has stepped forth as the lead donor in the PaduaPlus+ Campaign. Before he died, Richard Fredecker offered to replace some metal casement windows with energy efficient, vinyl clad, double pane windows. This was the first of several gifts from the Family Foundation, which includes his children David S. Fredecker ’78 and Linda Fredecker Jackson. They carried on their father’s project, and replaced lower-level windows with secure glass block.

Fredecker Family

In 2017, The Fredecker Family Foundation’s generosity continued with a $500,000 gift to redesign the main entrance and lobby. The first phase of construction on this project began in April of 2017. It is slated for completion in October of 2017.
The Foundation’s gifts, totaling close to $1 million, represent the lead donation in the PaduaPlus+ Campaign. Fredecker ’78 shared this reflection when asked why they decided to make this major commitment to the campaign:

“Padua Franciscan High School has always been a Fredecker family passion! My dad always told me that he met his lifelong friends at Padua when he started Bingo here in 1969.  My brother Rick (Class of ‘71) and I, (Class of ’78), have great memories of our days at Padua. My mother and father started the process of giving back to Padua before they died in 2008 and 2014. My sisters, Karen Fredecker Bearns and Linda Fredecker Jackson, along with Rick and I, felt a gift from the Fredecker Family Foundation, in honor of our parents Richard and Catherine would be a fitting tribute.  My renewed involvement at Padua the last five years has been very rewarding and enjoyable and has taken me back in time 40 years! This has been made possible by all the wonderful people at Padua with whom I have developed great relationships.”

-Dave Fredecker ’78