On August 24, 2018, the Midwest District Provincialate was dedicated as the Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara Provincialate Center. Brother Larry Schatz, Provincial and Visitor of the Midwest District, welcomed Brothers, guests, and staff to the Burr Ridge, IL, office for the dedication ceremony. Ms. Betty Kabara and several of her family and friends were in attendance. Brother Tom Johnson, De La Salle Novitiate Director, offered the opening prayer followed by remarks from Brother Larry and Ms. Kabara. Brother Larry revealed a bronze plaque with an embossed image of Ms. Kabara and her late husband, Jon, which is set to be adhered to the entrance of the building.
During his remarks, Brother Larry expressed his profound appreciation for Ms. Kabara’s continued support and commitment to the Brothers.
“Betty and Jon have been so gracious to the Brothers, and we are very grateful that Betty has made sure that her late husband Jon’s priorities will continue to be honored through this generous gift. What a blessing for the Midwest District and our Brothers and Lasallian Partners.”
The dedication was to commemorate a $1 million gift from Ms. Kabara. The majority of the gift, the largest ever by a living individual to the Midwest District, has endowed her gift to the Kabara Challenge, an annual matching gift challenge to support care of Senior Brothers. In making the gift, Ms. Kabara remarked, “This gift is to honor the Brothers who do so much for so many. My late husband, Dr. Jon Kabara, attended both high school and college sponsored by the Brothers and held them in the highest regard. I hope everyone will continue to support the Challenge each year, and the Senior Brothers.”