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Kane Foundation gives $1M to Good Counsel

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Our Lady of Good Counsel’s building fund is $1 million richer, thanks to the Eugene I. Kane Foundation.

The money will be used for the ‘‘Building a Future of Promise” capital campaign for the construction the new Good Counsel High School campus in Olney.

The new field house will be named in honor of Eugene and Jane Kane. It will serve as the gateway of the outdoor athletic complex, made up of the stadium, track, fields and courts.

‘‘We are honored to name our new field house for Mr. and Mrs. Kane, not only because of the generous gift from the foundation, but also because of the Kane family’s long involvement with and support of Good Counsel,” said Arthur Raimo, president of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

Eugene I. Kane, who died in 2003, and Jane T. Kane, who died in 1986, had nine children, including four Good Counsel graduates: John (1979), David (1981), Dennis (1983) and Richard (1988).

The second of the Kanes’ 24 grandchildren, Sarah Kane, will enter Good Counsel this year as a freshman.

Eugene Kane served on the Good Counsel board of directors in the early 1980s, and Dennis Kane currently serves as a member of the board.

Eugene Kane founded E.I. Kane Inc., a Baltimore-based trucking operation, in 1969 with little more than $5,000 from his mother and a loan from a bank.

The company eventually grew to 1,200 employees in the mid-Atlantic region. The business also expanded to include services such as electronics distribution, intermodal freight, warehousing, luxury mini-bus and limousine services, and a commercial interior construction company.

‘‘My father was a firm believer in Catholic education and its role in shaping the traditional family,” said Dennis Kane, foundation director. ‘‘The foundation is proud to make this gift in his honor and to be part of Good Counsel’s future at the new site in Olney.”

Currently located in Wheaton, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is the only coeducational, Catholic, college preparatory high school in Montgomery County. During the 2006-07 school year, Good Counsel will move to a new facility on a 52-acre campus near the intersection of Route 108 and Doctor Bird Road in Olney.

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