Fr. Gerald DeLucia, president of Cardinal Mooney High School, announced a ''substantial'' gift from Mooney Alumni Denise DeBartolo York, class of 1968, and Eddie DeBartolo, class of 1964. The gift is specifically marked for use at the current Erie Street location in Youngstown.
A portion of the gift will be used to provide partial scholarships and reduced tuition for families who are in need of financial assistance.
The gift also will be used to fund some of the needed renovations and updates to the Erie Street location.
DeBartolo York and DeBartolo indicated they want the gift to ''complement the legacy we leave behind for the children in our hometown that otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a first-rate school like Cardinal Mooney.''
''This wonderful gift from Denise, Eddie and the entire DeBartolo / York families is a blessing,'' Fr. DeLucia continued, ''and cements their legacy as a family that shares the Mooney values and beliefs and truly cares about the children of the Mahoning Valley.''
''It's a wonderful day for those seeking quality education for their children...So many families in our parish feeder schools and public schools want to send their children to Mooney, but struggle with the tuition.''
According to Fr. DeLucia, the Erie Street location underwent asbestos remediation, extensive roof repairs and other updates last summer.
''Right now, our current location is safe and convenient. We have excellent athletic facilities and state-of-the art computerized classrooms,'' he said. ''However, our campus is expanding, and much more work is needed to make the building more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. This gift, along with others, will help accomplish that goal.''