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Lisle, IL – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Benedictine University announced it has donated 600 personal protective masks to Edward-Elmhurst essential workers and Catholic Charities staff and clients. With the leadership of Benedictine’s Office of University Development, the masks support not only front-line workers and those in need, but also raised money for Benedictine University’s Mission Fund.
Charles Gregory, President of Benedictine University, presented the masks to both Edward Hospital and Catholic Charities representatives on June 11, 2020. “As president of Benedictine University, I have seen the many challenges our community faces during this unprecedented time. I am very proud of our alumni, faculty, staff and donors for being Benedictine, staying true to our mission and making a difference to those in the communities we serve.”
Dr. Sanjeeb Khatua, Chief Physician Executive, Edward-Elmhurst Health, was on hand to receive the donation. “Edward Hospital is extremely grateful to Benedictine University for this mask donation. These masks will help keep staff safe at this critical time. Our mission, to serve the health needs of our neighbors, relies on coordination with the community, and we’re grateful that Benedictine University is an active partner.”
Glenn Van Cura, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, stated, “We are so grateful for Benedictine University and their alumni for choosing Catholic Charities for this generous donation.” Van Cura explained that there is a great need for face masks right now, and Catholic Charities has already begun to distribute the masks to help ensure the safety of members of the community during the pandemic. “The Agency greatly appreciates its longstanding partnership with Benedictine University and looks forward to many more opportunities of collaboration,” he said.
Benedictine’s "Buy a Mask, Donate a Mask" Campaign began on May 4. The campaign encouraged all Benedictine University community members to purchase a custom-branded face covering for themselves, which would be matched with a mask being donated to needy community members. All proceeds raised went to support students through the University’s Mission Fund. The Benedictine University Mission Fund provides emergency assistance to students who experience economic hardship during their time at Benedictine and need additional aid to complete their education. To-date the campaign has raised over $25,000 for students in need.
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President Gregory and members of the Office of University Development present Dr. Sanjeeb Khatua, Chief Physician Executive, Edward-Elmhurst Health, with the donated masks.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by yourlocalsecurity.com in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.