SHS Alum Investment Gift Spotlights Springfield's Nicholas J. Giuffre Family Story
The Springfield School District Board of Directors formally approved the naming of the new Frances "Chickie" Giuffre Dining Center Complex during its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 25. The Board also approved the naming of the Katherine "Kay" G. Voglesong Bus Driver Commons Room.
These are the first donor named areas to be sponsored on the new Springfield High School (SHS) campus through the generous support of the Springfield Area Educational Foundation.
The donor, Nicholas J. Giuffre, SHS '74, with his wife Katherine, SHS '77, have made a $1 million naming rights investment to the Springfield School District (SSD) through the Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF). The gift will support the construction of the new high school that serves the students of the Springfield and Morton communities.
With this gift and in light of Giuffre's generosity, SSD will name the new Dining Center Complex area in honor of his mother, Frances Giuffre, a dedicated, thirty-nine year employee of the school district. She was warmly regarded as everyone's 'Springfield Cafeteria Mom' – knowing each student by name and having an amazing sense of humor that brought smiles to the faces of her students and coworkers. She gave her friendship, guidance, and sense of humor to each one of them.
"The goal of this first naming rights agreement at Springfield is to have her spirit be a part of the SHS students' lives and dreams," said Giuffre. "SHS and my parents' continued support and dedication made it possible for me to pursue higher education, graduating from Bloomsburg University and entering into the corporate world, "said Giuffre. Throughout his career, Giuffre has demonstrated key people skills as he rose from an entry level service position to eventfully, President and CEO of Bradford White Corporation.
"Donating to a cause or project in Springfield is very, very personal for me and my family. My wife and I listen for particular community needs and match it to our passions – in this case, the education and future opportunities for our Springfield youth. My family has a long and storied history with the Springfield School District, and we try to make our dollars count for serving those with particular educational needs in this community," he said.
Springfield Board of School Directors President Bruce Lord expressed appreciation on behalf of the school board. "We are so proud of the success of our alumni, and even more proud of their generosity and willingness to give back to their school. The Giuffre's investment in the new high school is a generous testament to the continued good work of the school district."
Giuffre would like to see more alumni involved, stating, "Because of my continued personal involvement, I am proud to issue a challenge to all of our SHS alumni and community supporters to contribute to Springfield's Naming Rights Challenge to launch this new fundraising program for Springfield," he added.
Also part of the Guiffre's donation is the naming of the new Bus Driver Commons Room. It will be dedicated to Katherine "Kay" G. Voglesong, Katherine Giuffre's mother, who served as a diligent bus driver for many years (1971-1994), transporting her many students safely to and from the district schools.
"Our Springfield students and fellow school bus drivers held Mrs. Voglesong in high esteem for her often quick actions to keep our Springfield students safe," said Donald Mooney, (SHS '79), Executive Director of Operations at SSD. "Our bus drivers are our heroes – everyday. Her years of dedicated service were commendable. Kay chauffeured many of our athletic teams to away games after hours – and not only drove the players but was a strong supporter of the teams, watching them play on the field. We are particularly honored to name this area for Mrs. Voglesong," he added.
"We are delighted to have Mr. Giuffre extend his partnership to the District with this naming rights agreement," said Springfield District School Board President Bruce Lord. "Under our school board policy, this particular agreement – including Mr. Giuffre's storied message and motivation – is approved by the Board of Directors," he added.
SAEF President Stephen Todaro (SHS '78) praised the Giuffre family for their history of giving to the foundation. "Their generosity will establish a profound legacy for the Giuffre family and will benefit the school and community for generations to come. We hope this gift will encourage alumni and other supporters to take the lead and show their support for our district and foundation," he added.
Moving forward, subsequent naming rights opportunities starting at $25,000 will be reviewed on a project by project basis to meet school district policy requirements.
The new Springfield High School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. A public dedication ceremony will be held to honor the Giuffre and Voglesong family at that time.
To learn more about donating to SAEF's Naming Rights Challenge and donation opportunities at SHS, contact the SAEF Development & Communications Office at email@example.com (610-938-6034).