Quincy News

QND Fund Drive chairpersons say school is 'vital to community'

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 13, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Both Monica Hinkamper and Bryan Stokes are proud of the role Quincy Notre Dame plays in its community.

"Quincy Notre Dame provides a strong Christian foundation and atmosphere in order to develop future leaders," Hinkamper said. "Each student is known personally, is encouraged to acclimate through and navigate daily challenges and to grow spiritually with confidence.

"Quincy Notre Dame is vital to our community."

Hinkamper and Stokes are serving as chairpersons of the Notre Dame Foundation's 43rd Fund Drive, which kicks off Jan. 17. The goal of this year's drive will be announced at a breakfast meeting that day.

"QND instills a sense of community, family and faith in our students," Stokes said. "The staff demonstrates a commitment to providing a faith-based quality education every day. I feel very fortunate to be able to send my children to Quincy Notre Dame."

The QND Foundation has raised more than $16.5 million over the past 42 years and exceeded its 2019 goal of $438,000 by more than $50,000.

The money raised helps keep tuition affordable by paying a portion of the school's operating costs and closing the gap between the cost to educate a student and tuition.

The Fund Drive also supports QND's financial aid program. QND's 2019-20 enrollment is 385, with 35 percent receiving financial assistance.

"The Fund Drive provides necessary financial assistance & growth opportunities for many students," Hinkamper said.

Hinkamper is a 1982 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School and the University of Illinois-Springfield. She is general manager/director of tennis and pickleball at the Quincy Racquet Club.

Hinkamper is a lifelong member of St. Francis Solanus Parish. She serves as the chairperson of the St. Francis Pastoral Council, is a member of the QND Hall of Fame Board and served six years on the QND Foundation Board.

Hinkamper and her husband, Ric, are parents of two children.

Stokes is a 1991 graduate of Quincy High School and a 1995 graduate of Illinois State University. He is the president of Quincy Recycle, headquartered in Quincy with seven facilities in five midwestern states.

Stokes and his wife, Brooke, are members of St. Peter Catholic Church, and they have four children who have all attended St. Peter School and Quincy Notre Dame.

In addition to the leadership of Hinkamper and Stokes, QND's Fund Drive will be supported by more than 100 volunteers throughout the business, parish and alumni phases of the drive.

The first six weeks of QND's Fund Drive will focus on donations from the business community. The parish phase will follow with Commitment Weekend March 7-8, when members of Quincy and Hannibal's Catholic parishes are asked for donations. The alumni phase will begin May 1, during which QND graduates are asked to contribute funds to their alma mater.

QND's Fund Drive was established in 1977. It is overseen by the QND Foundation, which was founded in 1968. QND alumnus Kurt Stuckman is the QND Foundation's executive director.