save st. anthony’s steeple
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carole McGibany
262-251-5910, x.710 (cell)
Menomonee Falls, Wi. – Dec. 4, 2012 – The St. Anthony Church is in the midst of an aggressive campaign to raise $280,000 by the end of 2012 to repair their 166 year-old bell tower. Since October 14, 2012 when the campaign began, St. Anthony has raised more than $115,000, but the parish still needs support to meet their goal and save their steeple.
Throughout the campaign’s final month St. Anthony, or more affectionately “the Church on the Hill,” will host a Chili Night on December 1 and is selling St. Anthony keepsake calendars and note cards. In addition to these events, the parish hosted an organ concert in October and has received pledges of support from businesses in the Menomonee Falls community.
“For 166 years, the bell tower has been a spiritual and structural staple in our community,” pastor Rev. Dennis Wieland said. “With four weeks left in the campaign, there is much to be done and any extra support will make a big difference.”
Two years ago St. Anthony closed the bell tower entrance due to falling masonry and cracks in the structure. Last year, St. Anthony silenced the bells.
To assess the tower, St. Anthony brought in the engineering firm, Pujara Wirth Torke Inc. The firm declared that the tower needed serious repairs. So, with the help of Krause Konstruction and a successful campaign, St. Anthony will stabilize the tower and steeple and repair the steeple’s roof.
Click on “Donate Now on the parish’s home page www.stanthony-parish.org or on its Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/stanthonymenofalls to make tax-deductible donations. In addition, contributors can mail their donation to St. Anthony Save Our Steeple, St. Anthony Congregation, N74W13604 Appleton Avenue, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
“On behalf of St. Anthony Church, we would like to thank all those who have contributed to our campaign, “ Rev. Dennis Wieland said.