Panacea 2020 + Matching Gift Challenge
Family. Faith. Tradition. Culture. Words that ring true of Pacelli Catholic Schools for sure. Talk about tradition goes hand in hand with Panacea, an event that spans nearly 5 decades dating back to the fall of 1974 when Bruce Rashke ’76 was a junior.
While Panacea has changed much through the years, the heart of the event remains the same – one Pacelli community coming together as families in faith and forming friendships that last. Just ask the Rashke boys – Bruce ’76, Rich ’79, and Dan ’83 – and they’ll share some of their fondest memories from the early years of Panacea. Even Mrs. Diana Rashke, being a relatively new family to Pacelli Catholic High School, had some words of wisdom back in 1975 when asked how she felt about the success of Panacea.
“Living far out in the country and having to come into town, we were surprised at the help we received to make the food stand a success. The publicity was great and the people were even more so. The work was even fun.”
– Mrs. Diana Rashke, 1975
This year’s Panacea will undoubtedly be unlike any other. While the 46th Annual Panacea will be held exclusively outdoors at Pacelli Catholic High School September 11-13, a few of our favorite things will be missing, like the carnival, farmer’s market, and cherry tree. But we are taking precautions to ensure that the plans we move forward with prioritize the safety of our students, families, staff, and community. We are optimistic that we’ll safely be able to hold in-person components of the event like the raffles, food, entertainment, and an online silent auction, all in a very scaled back version of Panacea that promotes social distancing and health and safety for everyone.
These plans don’t come without a loss in revenue, however, which will leave us with a significant gap in our general operating budget. With our carnival vendor pulling out of all events this year, that results in a net loss of at least $25,000, not factoring in the impact the carnival has on bringing people in to enjoy many other aspects of the event. We’ve also had to significantly scale back event hours and many other areas in an effort to prioritize our community’s safety, even though we know it will result in a loss of income for an event that normally generates about $125,000.
Despite all that, the atypical circumstances this year has brought to light, and the uncertainty around what the future will hold, Pacelli Catholic Schools remains committed to providing the highest quality education to the diverse population of students and families we serve. That’s where we need your help.
We’re projecting a $50,000 gap in Panacea 2020 revenue – together, we can make up that gap! Our well known and loved event by community members and alumni, especially the Rashke boys, will look and feel very different this year without the carnival and three-full days jam packed with family-fun. That’s why we need your help to keep the spirit of Panacea alive!
Not only is it a weekend of reconnecting with your classmates and reliving your fondest memories from walking the halls of Pacelli Catholic High School, but it’s the largest annual fundraiser hosted by Pacelli Catholic Schools. In a typical year, we’d bring in nearly $125,000 – but this year is far from typical. That’s why we’re calling on you to make a gift to the special Panacea 2020 + Matching Gift Challenge Sponsored by The Dan & Patti Rashke (TASC) Family Foundation.
Normally spend $40 on carnival wristbands, $50 on spirit wear, $100 on food and drinks? Give $190 towards Panacea 2020 + and double your impact! Dan & Patti Rashke, through their family foundation, have pledged to match every dollar up to $25,000 for a total impact of $50,000. Help us exceed our goal – make your gift today!
For every dollar you donate, The Dan & Patti Rashke (TASC) Family Foundation will match it up to $25,000. Together, we could raise $50,000 to invest right back into our classrooms to keep our students safe, strengthen our core value of academic excellence, and keep the spirit of Panacea alive and well.
What’s your fondest Panacea memory?
“The stage shows in the early years and the Casino!” – Sue (Kort) Koehl ’78
“Pacelli Mom’s cookbook sale.” – Norman ’75 & Jill (Hurrish) ’75 Kedrowski
“Color Runs and Community.” – Erik Norgaard
Want to share your Panacea memories? Click here to share a memory and make a gift to ensure the legacy of Panacea lives on!