Thank you to all who have participated in this year's Borgia Annual Fund Drive. To date we have received $162,000 in gifts toward this year’s goal of $200,000. The endorsement of our alumni is a critical factor toward the success of this fund which enables Borgia to be the excellent school that is it!!

Tuition covers just 66% of the cost of an education at Borgia. This creates a “gap” of over $3,257 per student (or $1.9 million in total), which must be covered through our Annual Fund and other fundraising activities. This difference is a result of our effort to make the cost of education as affordable as possible in support of our mission. 

As an alum, your support is so important.   Your generosity, as an alum, is a vote of confidence to all of our donors that we are continuing to provide excellence in education – now and in the future .

Borgia’s current students are the most direct and immediate beneficiaries of all Annual Fund gifts.
Your gift to this year’s Annual Fund will help to:
  • Provide for the budget shortfall resulting from the discrepancy in the actual cost to educate a student and the tuition and fees. For every student, this “gap” is $3,257 or $1.9 million that must be covered by donations.
  • Continue to provide excellence in education for our students
  • Continue to maintain a dedicated, committed and highly effective faculty and staff
  • Maintain and enhance our superb facility
  • Anticipate our future and plan for our needs

How can I donate?
Please enter our secure website at to join your fellow Borgia parents in making a gift to the Annual Fund. Pledges are welcome. Remember that your gift can be doubled if you or your spouse is associated with a matching gift company.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Grahl, Director of Annual Giving at 636-239-7871 ext. 131 or
What are Matching Gifts?
You can double or triple your donation if you or your spouse works for a company that matches gifts. Simply ask your employer about the Matching Gift Program and forward your personal gift along with a completed matching gift form.

You Donation is Tax Deductible
You will receive a tax letter which verifies the date and amount of your donation.

Recurring Payments
A recurring monthly gift is an easy and affordable way to support Borgia. You can specify a day of the month for a chosen amount to be charged to your credit card, dividing your gift amount over the course of the fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

How long do I have to honor my commitment?
This year’s campaign will run through June 30, 2018.

A Knight on Broadway...
And What It Night It Was
On Saturday, February 17, Borgia held it's Annual Dinner Auction. This year's theme was A Knight On Broadway led by Chairs Jill (Klenke) '84 and Tim Poepsel '81 and Co-chairs, Chantel (Marquart) '93 and Kenneth Unnerstall '90.

To say that this year was a success is an understatement! With proceeds of $290,528, we were able to realize a net profit of $198,711 toward tuition assistance.

In addition, through the generosity of approximately 90 donors, we were able to raise $40,300 (through the Fund-A-Need portion of the event) toward our theater department. These proceeds will be used to purchase several new items, including: a digital wireless microphone system, a digital mixer, a new light control board (since the old one was struck by lightning) and possibly new fire retardant stage curtains.

This all adds up to a whopping $239,011 net profit for the night.

Click below for a quick look at some of the preparation in giving you A Knight on Broadway .
A Letter from the Chairs (as written for the evening of the event)
Ladies and Gents,

A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre...we discovered it's time for the 2018 annual St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Dinner Auction! Get ready to be entertained as we bring down the house!

Staff, parents, alumni, and even students realize SFBRHS is a remarkable place. The commitment to Catholic education is the foundation for success amongst our students. The annual dinner auction truly captures and embodies Borgia tradition and pride. Your Broadway Knight ticket is an opportunity to continue the Borgia legacy with your financial support.

Many talented people have put forth a tremendous amount of effort to prepare this stage, this meal, and this show! Please acknowledge the committee chairs listed (go to for a complete listing). The committees are staffed by a team of dedicated people who make sure "the show goes on!" Special thanks to Andy Unerstall, Doug Weber, Doris Boley, Lloyd Miesner, and the crew of volunteers who set the stage for tonight's event. A standing ovation for Lauren and Bill Fogarty for providing lighting and sound. We are especially gratefully for all the donors who have provided unique items and wonderful experiences, for without them this event would not be possible.

The entire Advancement Office takes center stage this time of year with their commitment to this production. Special thanks to Bridget Callahan, Sue Michels, Donna Grahl and Moira Vossbrink. We'd also like to thank last year's chairs, Dana and George Meyer, for letting us be their understudies.

Let's get ready to bring down the house!
The Auction Raffle Winners
$10,000 - Borgia Chefs
$ 1,000 - Walter Hellebusch
$ 500 - Ty Roettering and Curt Mohesky

One year tuition - Audrey Bruckerhoff Family
One year fees - James Wacker Family
Past Recipients of the Distinguished Knight award are:
2008 - Martha and Louis B. Eckelkamp Family
2009 - Julia and Elmer Unnerstall Family
2010 - Bernice and Les Eckelkamp Family
2011 - Volkerding Family Trust and Trustees
2012 - Steve Lochirco Family
2013 - Gary Terschluse and Ron Unnerstall Washington Engineering & Architecture
2014 - Shelly and Jim Yenzer Family-Austin Electrical Systems
2015 - Elaine and George Wingbermuehle
2016 - St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Athletic Association
2017 - Collene and Andy Unerstall
Mary and Rich Elbert - Our 2018 Distinguished Knight Award Winners
The St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Distinguished Knight Award, established in 2008, is presented annually at the Borgia Dinner Auction.

An Administrative Committee selects the recipient individual/family based on the following criteria:

  • Lifelong involvement with SFBRHS
  • Exceptional generosity with time, talent and treasure
  • Exemplary service and commitment to SFBRHS
  • Evidence of living a faith-filled life
  • A vision for the future of SFBRHS

Congratulation to Mary and Rich Elbert and their family on being selected for this year's award. You couldn't be more deserving!
Rev Kev Corner
We would like to share with you an opportunity that will make your choice of Borgia High School more affordable.  Recently, the MOST program has been opened for tuition purposes for Kindergarten to Senior Year of High School.  Formerly, it could only be applied to college tuition. 
The MOST program, Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan is a way for parents to save for their children’s education.  Money can be added to a 529 account and it can grow tax free.  I think that you will find that the program is extremely flexible and simple.  You can open an account with any amount, save for anyone, get federal and state tax benefits and choose from a diverse investment lineup.  Parents could even take advantage of this program immediately in this school year.
I cannot stress strongly enough how game-changing this is for all of you.  It gives us a chance to make Borgia available to a wider group of individuals who value Catholic Education.  You owe it to yourself and your child to learn more about this awesome opportunity.
Borgia High School and the Catholic Education Office is sponsoring two informational sessions on Thursday, March 15 in our cafeteria at 6-7 pm and at 7:30-8:30 pm. The information presented at the early session will be repeated at the later session.  There is no need to register. 
MOST - Missouri's 529 Education Savings Plan
Making Tuition More Affordable
Start Saving Today!
It only takes about 10 minutes to open an account - just follow these steps:
Gather this information
  • Birth dates for you and your beneficiary.
  • Social Security numbers for you and your beneficiary.
  • Your bank account and routing numbers (optional).
Choose you investments
  • Pick an age-based savings option or follow your own investment strategy using our individual portfolios.
Set up your account
  • Go go and select Open an account.

Open an account and make contributions of any amount ($1 or more if contributing electronically or through payroll direct deposit) whenever it's convenient.

You can invest in a diverse portfolio-choose an age-based option that automatically adjusts to become more conservative over time, or put together your own mix of individual portfolios that covers all major asset classes and investment styles, with a variety of risk profiles.

When it's time to pay for qualified education expenses, you can withdraw money from your account tax-free.*

Anyone - a parent, grandparent, relative, or friend-can open a 529 account for a student (the beneficiary). You can even open an account for yourself.

There are no enrollment fees to open an account, and you can do it with an investment of any amount. The MOST 529 Plan doesn't charge any advisor fees or sales commissions. Each investment portfolio has an expense ratio, which is the percentage for the portfolio's assets that investors pay to cover operating costs. The expense ratios range from 0.23% to 0.57%. For example, if you invest $1,000 in a portfolio with a 0.23% expense ratio, you indirectly pay the fund manager $2.30 per year.

Your MOST 529 account doesn't affect your beneficiary's eligibility for merit-based financial aid, including academic or athletic scholarships. If the 529 account is owned by a parent of the beneficiary, the account is considered the parent's asset and will be factored into the FAFSA formula at the parent expected family contribution (EFC) rate.
With MOST 529 you can:
  • Start with any amount
  • Save for anyone
  • Get federal and state tax benefits*
  • Choose from a diverse investment lineup.
  • Use savings for qualified education expenses at eligible colleges, trade schools, vocational schools, high schools and elementary schools.

*The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

Save on taxes.
  • Pay no federal or Missouri state income taxes on investment earnings when you use withdrawals for qualified education expenses.*
  • Qualify for an annual $8,000 ($16,000 if married, filing jointly) Missouri state income tax deduction on contributions you make to your 529 account.**
Invest in a diverse portfolio.
  • Choose from a wide range of investment options that are professionally managed by Vanguard and Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA)
Accelerate your savings.
  • Use Ugift* to invite family and friends to contribute. You can even partner with Upromise* to earn college savings on everyday purchases.

No. You can use your savings at any eligible education institution in the country, including eligible trade and graduate schools-even some schools abroad.

Qualified education expenses include tuition, certain room-and-board expenses, computers and peripheral equipment that will be used by the student, and mandatory books and supplies.

At any time, you can change your beneficiary to an eligible family member of the original beneficiary. You can also defer withdrawals if your beneficiary attends college later. If the money isn't used for qualified education expenses, you may withdraw it subject to certain taxes and penalties.

*Earnings on nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.
** Contributions to the Plan in a tax year are deductible from Missouri state income tax up to certain limits but may be subject to recapture in subsequent years if you make a nonqualified withdrawal.
Upcoming Reunions
50 Year Class Reunion
September 15, 2018

CLASSof 1958
60 Year Class Reunion
September 26, 2018
 Kelly Mantle '11
All Borgia Boys and Girls
Basketball Alumni and Fans
All proceeds from this event will benefit the SFBRHS Athletic Association.
Mass N More
Every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. a student-led Mass is held in the chapel at SFBRHS. This weekly Mass is celebrated and led by one of our deanery priests. Come join us in this cozy setting, and give glory to God with other members of the Borgia Family.
Sports Schedule
Welcome to another exciting year of Borgia Athletics. Together, let’s always, and in all ways, celebrate the efforts of our players and coaches as they strive to make Borgia #1 in class, style, sportsmanship and competitiveness. Go Knights!!

Click logo at right for a comprehensive sports schedule.
Alumni Prayers
In thanksgiving for the sacrifices and contributions offered by those before us on our behalf, we at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School offer our afternoon prayer for different members of our alumni each day.
Classes in the 80's
Help us find our "lost" alumni! We live in a world of motion. Because of moves, marriages, and other changes, Borgia has lost track of some of our alumni over the years.

View the list of lost alumni (by clicking the logo above) and if your name is on the list, please update your information; or if you know an alum on the list, please let them know we are looking for them!
Recently married? New baby or job?
Let us know what's going on in your life so we can share
it with your classmates in this newsletter!
Send information and photos to
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School 

1000 Borgia Drive, Washington, MO 63090
P: 636-239-7871 
F: 636-239-1198