Ken and Fran Bader recently made a $1 Million gift to St. John Vianney High School. Ken was inspired after reading an article in the Spring 2021 issue of Black & Gold. David Cassilly '63 had issued a challenge after making his $1 million gift, "I believe there are at least five other million-dollar donors from Vianney right now... Please prove me right"
The Bader's donation will help fund the Activity Center and Media Center renovations, wrestling program, new campus signage, school technology, and financial aid.
Ken: Fran and I have been married for almost 55 years. We started a real estate-appraisal business, Bader & Associates, in 1975. It grew beyond anything we imagined. We also made some good investments along the way.
Fran: We lived within walking distance of another Catholic high school but our oldest son chose Vianney, because he felt at home here. I volunteered in Griffins Cafe for more than 20 years as all six of our sons attended Vianney: Dan '91, Luke '94, Adam '97, Mark '98, John '03, and Andy '06.
John '03, Andy '06, Dan '91, Amy Meier, Ken, Fran, Adam '97, Luke '94, and Mark '98
Ken: We told our kids at Christmas of our intent to give a $1 million gift to Vianney. They were all happy, including our daughter, Amy.
Fran: I remember when Dan took an accounting class at Mizzou and said "it was a breeze" because his high school accounting teacher, Mike Loyet '77, had more than prepared him for college. Vianney impressed on the boys the importance of giving back, sharing their talents. Our kids all went to public grade school, but we wanted a faith-filled environment for high school and they received that at Vianney.
Ken: We met some of their closest friends here. Now we come to grandparent events at Vianney and see these same friends who are here fore their own grandkids.
Fran: Vianney built a base for our children and their future. Over the passing of time, we are pleased with most of our decisions and choosing Vianney is one of them. It's been a joy to watch the school progress.
Ken: We need at least two more million-dollar donors by the end of this year. I know who you are! Check with your financial advisor, because there are definite tax advantages when donating appreciated assets.