March 16, 2016 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Academy of the Holy Names President Art Raimo announced at the Black and White By the Bay auction that Richard Gonzmart (B’67) and Melanie Heiny Gonzmart (A’72) have made the largest alumni gift in the school’s history, $1 million. In honor of the Gonzmart’s rich history with the Sisters of the Holy Names, the Academy and the city of Tampa, the new Holy Names Heritage Center will bear the Gonzmart’s name. Richard Gonzmart is a member of the first graduating class of Boys Academy, 1967, and Melanie graduated from the school in 1972. Their daughters also graduated, and they have a granddaughter currently enrolled.
The Gonzmart’s gift will go towards both the Academy’s facilities master plan (www.holynamestpa.org/about/AHNfuture) and its endowment. Gonzmart holds an Academy education in high regard and wishes other students to experience the same academic, moral and religious background he and his family did. “I am eternally grateful for my education at the Academy; it molded me into who I am today. … I am humbled to be able to assist in a small way to ensure that future generations receive the same wonderful education that I did,” he said.
Gonzmart was among the first donors to the Academy’s Link Scholarship Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to qualifying high school minority girls demonstrating financial need. In 2001, he was named Alumnus of the Year. To this day, he remains close with his 5th- through 8th-grade teacher, Sister Mary Patricia Plumb.
In addition to Gonzmart’s gift, the Academy also recently received a $1 million gift towards the facilities master plan from the Bailey Family Foundation, as well as $500,000 each from the Yodzis family, Kathy and Ray Hyer, and Ruth and Fred Lynch. The school is currently constructing the Bailey Family Center for the Arts. Upon its completion, the historic Bayshore campus will undergo a renovation of all academic and administrative spaces.
The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The Academy provides quality educational opportunities for students of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. Founded in 1881, the Academy is the oldest school in the Tampa Bay area and is located at 3319 Bayshore Boulevard. To learn more about the Academy of the Holy Names, please refer to www.holynamestpa.org.