St. Bernard Alumnus Donates $100,000 to Alma Mater

A Saint Bernard High School alumnus from the class of 1979 recently donated $100,000 to the school’s campaign for building renovations.


The $100,000 gift from Jason Cohenour ’79 and his wife, Dana, is “the largest, single donation we have received to the Hendricks Challenge,” says Dana Williams, Director of Advancement at Saint Bernard School.  The renovations campaign, referred to as The Hendricks Challenge, is currently in its fifth and final year.


"I am thrilled that Maureen (Donohue) Hendricks established The Hendricks Challenge - a fantastic vehicle for giving back to an institution that has meant so much to so many," Jason Cohenour says. "I look back on my days at St. Bernard with great fondness and gratitude.  The school will always hold a special place in my heart.”


Jason hopes his donation will inspire other alumni to give back as well. Jason spent his 35-year career in technology, and recently retired as President and CEO of Sierra Wireless, Inc. - a global leader in wireless solutions for the burgeoning Internet of Things market.  He lives in Blaine, Wash., with his wife and son, Jack.


Over the past five years, the Cohenours have given a total of $200,000 to The Hendricks Challenge. Their latest contribution represents half of the school’s annual fundraising goal for the challenge. All donations, up to $200,000 per year, are matched by both the John and Maureen Hendricks Charitable Foundation and the Diocese of Norwich.


“When an alumnus recognizes the positive influence that a Saint Bernard education had on his life, it is a wonderful compliment,” says Headmaster Don Macrino. “Mr. Cohenour attributes part of his success to the foundation he received here. His most generous gift will help make that same experience possible for this generation of Saint Bernard students.”


The Hendricks Challenge has allowed Saint Bernard School officials to fund improvements to the school that otherwise would not have been financially feasible. Large-scale renovations have included a state-of-the-art chemistry lab, library and media center; wireless technology throughout the building; additional building security; and a remodeled cafeteria, school counseling office and main office.


Original Press Release Written by Shari Marderness






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