Sacred Heart’s new center named for local family

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s new early childhood center will be named Manzer Family Early Childhood Center after the local family made a substantial gift contribution to the project’s capital campaign project. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

Manzers’ gift, Diocese contribution help exceed campaign goal

A Spencer family’s recent gift to Sacred Heart Catholic School and Parish helped the parish exceed its fundraising goal to create a new early childhood center. In recognition of the $200,000 gift, the new facility will be named the Manzer Family Early Childhood Center.

“We’re pleased to offer this gift to the capital campaign,” Helen Manzer said. “The early childhood

center is an impressive facility that promises to offer great benefits to the Spencer community. It’s a proud

feeling to associate our name with it.”

“Sacred Heart is blessed to receive this generous donation from the Manzer family,” Rev. William

Schreiber said. “It’s not only exciting to recognize this gift, but also the Manzers ongoing support by honoring them and placing their name on the building.”

The Manzer Family Early Childhood Center, is a 6,100-square-foot addition to Sacred Heart Catholic School and was the key component of the capital campaign. The project features four classrooms for child care for 2- and 3-year-old children and an expanded preschool for 3-year-old children.

Sheriffa Jones, director of stewardship and development at Sacred Heart, said they are hoping to be able to open the doors to children in the middle of February.

“We expect to have a better idea by next week regarding occupancy and a ribbon cutting,” Jones said.

The Manzer Family Early Childhood Center will provide care for 56 total children — 24 2-year-olds and 32 3-year-olds — under the direction of Leah Kreutner and her staff.

Jones suggested the 2-year-old room is filling up quickly.

“I would highly recommend anyone with a 2-year-old get their registration in very soon,” Jones said.

The Manzer Family gift along with a gift of $120,000 from the Diocese of Sioux City, means Sacred Heart has exceeded its goal for its Together the Dream Continues Capital Campaign.

Schreiber also expressed thanks to the diocese and Bishop Walker Nickless for their support.

“Bishop Nickless recognizes the never-ending obligation from our families, our community and the fine

work of our teachers to continue to provide for the children of Spencer,” Schreiber said. “With this

commitment, he’s sending the message that he wants to see us continue to grow and enjoy success. We’re

thankful to receive the gift and thankful he is aware of our successful programs.”

Additionally, Sacred Heart has also received an anonymous gift of $10,000 toward technology for The Manzer Family Early Childhood Center.

In addition to the $330,000 recently received in gifts, over 350 families have also provided $1.6 million in gifts and pledges for the Together the Dream Continues Capital Campaign. To date, Sacred Heart Parish and Catholic School has now exceeded the campaign goal of $1.9 million. The three-year capital campaign continues through December 2019.

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