Mary’s Woods Resident Pledges a Matching Gift of 25K to Support Notre Dame Rebuilding Efforts

Mary’s Woods Resident Pledges a Matching Gift of 25K to Support Notre Dame Rebuilding Efforts

April 17, 2019

Mary’s Woods resident Leo Conkle is challenging his fellow residents and the greater community to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Conkle, like many others, watched with dismay as flames consumed the ancient timbers on the roof and spire of the iconic cathedral. One day later he said “I will match donations up to 25k to help rebuild.”

Conkle says that his family, like so many others, has been moved by this tragedy. Just last week family members were in Paris visiting, including a trip to the cathedral. Photos from their recent trip bring the tragedy even closer to home. Conkle says that his family believes “we must do our part to help rebuild Notre Dame and I know others would like to help out as well.” He adds “this matching grant opportunity is there to encourage others to do what they can.” In partnership with Mary’s Woods, the retirement community where Leo resides, The Conkle Family is pledging to match up to the first $25,000 in donations that will go to assist in the cathedral’s restoration efforts.

Diane Hood President and CEO of Mary’s Woods adds “We believe in the power of community and new life. Many of the residents of Mary’s Woods have powerful memories and personal experiences from their travels to Notre Dame.” She emphasizes that “as a non-profit mission-driven community, we are committed to bettering the world beyond our campus. We have supported restoration efforts to restore the Columbia River Gorge after devastating fires, and supported efforts to help rebuild communities after damaging hurricanes. This Notre Dame restoration effort is 100% resident-driven and we are proud to be a part of the solution that will bring this beacon of faith back to life.”

All are invited to participate in the restoration efforts as this 25K matching grant opportunity is available to anyone.  You may give securely online by following the prompts at this link:

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Gifts must be received between now and May 30, 2019.  Donations are 100% tax deductible. Monies raised through this outreach campaign will be directed to the non-profit “Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, Inc.” the official 501(c)3 set up to aid in the cathedral’s restoration efforts.

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