Generous donation from local family closes capital campaign

Springfield Catholic Schools System recently announced that the late Charles H. “Chub” O’Reilly Sr., Marital Trust FBO Kenna Lou O’Reilly, distributed a generous gift to Springfield Catholic Schools for the purpose of satisfying the remaining balance of the Springfield Catholic High School Capital Campaign. Charlie O’Reilly, Trustee, along with his wife Mary Beth, Rosalie O’Reilly-Wooten, Larry O’Reilly, and David O’Reilly stated the gift was made in honor of O’Reilly’s longstanding commitment to Springfield Catholic Schools.

“Our Dad was dedicated to the Catholic Church and Springfield Catholic Schools during his lifetime, and this gift was in accordance with his wishes to help the school system and ensure that it maintains a solid foundation into the future, said Charlie O’Reilly. “He would be very proud of this gift, and we all know he is smiling down on all of us right now.”

Under the theme, “Honoring our past … Building our future,” the $13.1 million dollar capital campaign was launched in recent years and was co-chaired by John Ghirardelli, Tim O’Reilly, and Dave Duncan. Goals of the renovation and expansion include:

• Additional classroom space to accommodate enrollment increases

• Four state-of-the-art science laboratories. These facilities will allow teachers and students additional space and updated equipment as they learn and allow us to meet the demands of science classes. Updated equipment safety features to enhance lab rigor and experimental design.

• Renovated and enhanced athletic facilities. This includes a brand new field house with locker rooms and offices for coaches as well as a gymnasium to hold 2,000 for athletic events, school events (i.e. graduation, school assemblies, etc.), and Catholic community events. Additional practice gymnasium giving more time for all sports to use the facilities and eliminating the necessity for 6 a.m.-10 p.m. practices.

• Central air conditioning and a new roof all designed with LEED certification for green energy efficiencies.

• A renovated and enlarged cafetorium, akin to a college student union, for not only meal times, but also for gathering spaces.

• New administrative offices to consolidate work efforts for the entire Springfield Catholic School System.

The O’Reilly family

Chub O’Reilly was born Feb. 13, 1913 to Charles F. and Clara Marie O’Reilly in St. Louis, Missouri. After living for several years in St. Louis and Indiana, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri where Chub was enrolled in St. Agnes High School at the age of 14. After high school, Chub started to work with his father at Link Motor Supply in Springfield, where they worked together for over 25 years. In 1933, Chub married Isabel Stiefvater, and they lived happily together for many years while raising Charlie, Rosalie, Larry, and David. In 1957, in response to a consultant for Link that wanted C.F. to retire and move Chub to Kansas City, father and son decided to start their own company; O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. was born. The family worked diligently to propel the company to success and in doing so, relied on their faith and a commitment to fairness and integrity in business. O’Reilly Auto Parts now has over 4,300 locations in 43 states.

THE O’REILLY FAMILY—David O’Reilly, Tim O’Reilly, Brooke O’Reilly, Charlie O’Reilly, Mary Beth O’Reilly, Lindsay O’Reilly - French, Landree French (held), Justin French, and Bp. James V. Johnston were photographed surrounding a plaque that will remain in Springfield Catholic High School in memory of C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly, Sr., and his long-standing commitment to Springfield Catholic Schools. The late benefactor’s trust recently distributed a generous gift to Springfield Catholic Schools for the purpose of satisfying the remaining balance of the Springfield Catholic High School Capital Campaign. (Submitted photo)
THE O’REILLY FAMILY—David O’Reilly, Tim O’Reilly, Brooke O’Reilly, Charlie O’Reilly, Mary Beth O’Reilly, Lindsay O’Reilly-French, Landree French (held), Justin French, and Bp. James V. Johnston were photographed surrounding a plaque that will remain in Springfield Catholic High School in memory of C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly, Sr., and his long-standing commitment to Springfield Catholic Schools. The late benefactor’s trust recently distributed a generous gift to Springfield Catholic Schools for the purpose of satisfying the remaining balance of the Springfield Catholic High School Capital Campaign. (Submitted photo)

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