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St. Michael Academy Granted Extension to Fundraising Deadline; Matching Challenge Raised to $125,000

PETOSKEY – January 15, 2020 – St. Michael Academy (SMA), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, announced today that an anonymous donor has granted an extension to the previously announced $100,000 “Matching Funds Challenge.”  New gifts, new Guardians Club memberships, and increases in existing Guardians Club member pledges received by January 31 will qualify for the matching funds.

Furthermore, SMA is pleased to announce that a second anonymous donor has offered to match an additional $25,000 in new gifts, new Guardians Club memberships, and increases in existing Guardians Club member pledges, once the $100,000 goal has been reached.

Since the Matching Funds Challenge was announced last month, SMA has raised more than $70,000 in qualifying new donations.

“We are truly humbled by the generosity of our benefactors,” stated SMA Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake.  “Now more than ever, our community needs the kind of education that we provide every day, formation that nurtures our students and prepares them for leadership in a world that’s increasingly desperate for the joyful optimism of the Gospel. That education requires financial resources, and so we ask that you prayerfully consider joining our growing family of supporters and help us earn our matching funds!”

To make a donation, or to learn how to join the Guardians Club, please contact Marie Law, Executive Director of the St. Michael Foundation, at 231-330-2835, or 231-881-9025 x18. Contributions can be made on-line at

SMA is enrolling students for the spring semester. Please contact Dr. Brake at 231-881-9025 for more information or to schedule a shadow day or tour. SMA offers tuition assistance to qualifying families. No student is denied enrollment because of financial reasons.

For more information on SMA, please visit the school website at

Established in 2013, St. Michael Academy is the first Catholic high school in the Little Traverse area since 1972, and the region’s only Classical high school. SMA strives to develop the next generation of American leaders by promoting a culture of excellence and instilling its students with the classical virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice, along with the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.