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Trinity receives largest public donation yet

American Bank Center has committed to give the Dickinson Catholic Schools Capital Campaign $750,000--the largest donor-disclosed gift made to the campaign and the schools yet.

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American Bank Center committed $750,000 to the Dickinson Catholic Schools Capital Campaign, the largest public donation in school history so far. By Ellie Potter/The Dickinson Press

American Bank Center has committed to give the Dickinson Catholic Schools Capital Campaign $750,000-the largest donor-disclosed gift made to the campaign and the schools yet.

Steve Glasser, president of Dickinson Catholic Schools, said the school has also received three seven-figure donations, but the school will release those donors' names individually at later dates-if they wish to be disclosed at all.

A third of American Bank Center's gift will go to the Dickinson Catholic Schools Foundation Endowment Fund, the earnings of which can be used to continue helping fund the schools, according to a news release from American Bank Center.

The remaining $500,000 will be directed to the Building Fund that's helping rebuild Trinity's junior and senior high school after the devastating February 2013 fire that left the building unusable.

"Dickinson Catholic Schools and American Bank Center have a long history of partnership," Bruce Dolezal, Dickinson regional president, said in the release. "Many of our employees are Trinity High School graduates and have children who have graduated or are currently enrolled in the school system. Dickinson Catholic Schools plays an important role in education and in our community. American is pleased to make this commitment to help them continue."

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Classes will begin in the new school on Jan. 3, 2017, when students return from winter break.

"We're on schedule and we're within budget right now, so we're happy with how everything is going," Glasser said.

The $26.5 million new school will have an additional 72,000 square feet of space with a 450-student capacity, according to the press release. The school's Fine and Performing Arts Center will have a new music room, a Black Box Theater, dressing rooms, scene shop and practice rooms as well.

There will also be a commons area for students with seating for about 60 students and flat screens for announcements and to livestream events. There will also be two new conference rooms overlooking the gym.

"We've had a very long-standing, very positive relationship with American Bank Center, and we're very appreciative of that relationship and very humbled by this substantial gift," Glasser said.

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