Historic $1 Million Gift


   We are pleased to announce that Peggy and Patrick Sly ’68 are the first donors in the 54-year history of St. John Vianney High School to give a $1 million  lump sum contribution.  Peggy and Pat requested that this  transformational gift be used for academic purposes. 

 The Slys  This incredibly generous gift will help Vianney make significant upgrades to its academic facilities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Peggy and Pat Sly (pictured) have maintained strong involvement with Vianney since Pat graduated in 1968. He went on to become the Executive Vice President at Emerson. He currently  serves  on the Vianney  Board of Directors and is a member of the Advancement Committee.  The Slys have been faithful supporters of the Griffin Fund and have also established a named scholarship for students with financial need.

Mike Loyet, President of Vianney, said “The investment will be used to transform the school’s learning environment and enhance the academic programs to promote college readiness in STEM disciplines.”

   “We are extremely grateful to Peggy and Pat for their ongoing commitment to Vianney.”  Loyet added, “I think my heart stopped beating for a moment when Pat and Peggy shared this news with me.”

"Vianney did an outstanding job of forming me as a man ready to go out into the world," Pat said. "Peggy and I know Vianney does an exemplary job of forming, strong Catholic men who are good husbands, fathers and role models. Investing in Vianney and its future made sense to us. We are thrilled to be in a position to do so for a school that has meant so much to our family."

 "There has been so much positive momentum at Vianney over the past several years,” Peggy said, adding, “Our family wanted to be part of this wonderful transformation at Vianney and help chart the course for a new and exciting future. We could not be more proud of our association with St. John Vianney High School.

    The STEM initiative comes on the heels of a $1 million upgrade to the school’s athletic facilities this summer, and nearly $7 million in academic improvements since 2007.

“Vianney is committed to preparing our students for educational and career success by offering challenging academic programs.  Thanks to the generosity of Peggy and Pat, Vianney will continue to be a leader in instructing young men on educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics using a college preparatory curriculum.” said school principal, Dr. Tim Dilg.

Vianney is proud to list successful architects, civic planners, engineers, builders, IT professionals, researchers, doctors, biochemists  and more as part of our alumni base. The use of this charitable gift for STEM enhancements serves to reinforce and expand upon Vianney’s strong tradition of our graduates pursuing careers in these and other areas within  STEM.

The entire St. John Vianney High School family thanks Peggy and Pat Sly for their transformative and historic investment in our young men.