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Building Faith & Futures II – Athletic Complex Named

Building Faith & Futures II – Athletic Complex Named
It is with great excitement we announce the Athletic Complex has been named, DeFouw Sports Complex! The DeFouw name has always been a familiar one in Lafayette, especially here in the Lafayette Catholic Schools.

In 1961, William and Donna DeFouw moved their three daughters, Jeanne DeFouw Gernhardt ’69 (husband Dennis), Christine DeFouw ’75 and Kathleen DeFouw ’78 to Lafayette. Here the DeFouw family opened DeFouw Chevrolet and their family became very active in the Lafayette Catholic School System. For three generations the family has given generously of their time, talent and treasure.

Today Dennis and Jeanne own DeFouw Chevrolet BMW. They are members of St. Mary Cathedral Parish and have three children who are all Central Catholic alumni: Lauren Gernhardt Scherer ’99 (husband Nate), Alexis Gernhardt Melbrod ’01 (husband Scott), and Grant Gernhardt ’05 who is now involved in the family business.

Please join me in thanking Donna DeFouw, Dennis and Jeanne Gernhardt for their continued support of the Lafayette Catholic School System. They serve as wonderful examples of good Catholic servant leaders…valuing faith, family, friends and always giving back.


3 thoughts on “Building Faith & Futures II – Athletic Complex Named

  1. Tremendous gratitude to the DeFouws and Gernhardts for their generosity to Central Catholic. Our family will be enjoying this amazing facility for many years to come. Thank you on behalf of the Page familly!
    Mark, Jennifer, Ben (2014), Jake (2017), Andrew (2018) & Nicholas (2024)

  2. What a wonderful gift! The Defouw/Gernhardt family historically has always shown their generosity through meaningful gifts to benefit our community. The CC Family is fortunate to have them.
    Jim & Debbie Elsner (Mark 1996)