Loyola Catholic School receives a $500,000 gift from Joe Frederick, Sr. in honor of his parents Lorraine A. and Gerald E. "Jerry" Frederick. These funds will support campus unification projects and will continue to provide scholarship dollars for families, keeping the Loyola experience accessible to all who seek it.

In 2001, Mankato Area Catholic Schools initiated efforts to centralize its operation on “the Hill” in the former Good Counsel Academy for girls operated by SSND. That decades-long dream of being a “one campus school” became a reality, with all preschool through grade 12 students housed on the Hill, in the fall of 2017.

“It is wonderful to see the spirit of unity and ‘family’ as you walk down the hall, seeing and hearing students of all ages greeting each other, forming friendships and mentoring each other,” notes Board of Trustee member Sister Mary Kay Gosch, SSND.

Joe Frederick, Sr., owner and operator of Buffalo Wild Wings in Mankato and Hutchinson, attended Mankato area Catholic schools and is a grandfather to current Loyola students. “My parents were amazing role models. Upon their passing we are hearing so many stories of their generosity and volunteerism in their parish and the greater Mankato Catholic community. I want to continue their legacy.”

Lorraine and Jerry Frederick were long-time supporters of Catholic education in the Mankato area. They specifically enjoyed volunteering for and attending MACS Nite, a fundraiser benefiting the students of Loyola Catholic School. “This wonderful gift from Joe Frederick, Sr. will add to the excellence in education we provide to students,” said Adam Bemmels, School Leader. “We thank him for his generosity. The legacy of Lorraine and Gerald Frederick will live on within the walls of Loyola Catholic School.“ After 61 years of marriage, the Fredericks died together in an auto accident, at ages 82 and 83 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

In honor of the Fredericks, Loyola’s main entry hallway has been named Frederick Hall. A private gathering to bless and dedicate the space is planned.

-KEYC News 12