Oct 26

Month of Magis Donor Story – The Dapp Family

Over the last 20 years, Liz and Jason Dapp have demonstrated to their children the importance of Magis – of doing the more, the better, the greater, for God, not for themselves.  Being true men and women for others means being willing to shift focus and notice those around you, to notice challenges and care about them.  Liz and Jason’s generous spirit and servant leadership can be felt in the unique way they give of themselves at Brebeuf.  Since 2015, Liz has been an active member of the Mother’s Association, serving on various committees, as a Bistro Chair and President of the Mother’s Association.  She has been engaged at all levels, supporting faculty, ministry and mission.  Jason’s leadership as part of the Building and Grounds Committee has ensured that during the most difficult times, the infrastructure and facilities of our school are conserved – dedicating significant resources and guidance to guarantee Brebeuf Jesuit maintains its state of the art facilities. And, as Gold level Magis Society members, their philanthropic support helps to strengthen every facet of Brebeuf Jesuit’s mission, creating continued impact for current and future Braves. 

“Jason and I have been married for 24 years and have three sons, Charlie ’19, Will ’21, and Jimmy ’23.  Charlie is currently at the University of Notre Dame double majoring in finance and economics and minoring in theology. We are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the boys are alumni of the parish school.

When the boys were young, Jason was awarded the excavating contract for a new Catholic high school on the northside, Brebeuf Jesuit. We had always felt strongly about Catholic education and we were excited about the possibility that our boys would potentially attend this school. When the time came and we visited the local Catholic schools, Brebeuf overshadowed all with its commitment to educating the whole person and to genuinely knowing each and every student. We wondered if the desire to know our family was just a part of the prospective student experience. After being a member of this community for six years, we are continually impressed with the dedication of the faculty and staff to make this a part of the daily culture and student experience of Brebeuf Jesuit.

The last sentence in the mission statement has always resonated with us. “Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship.” When you have three boys who are all close in age often the assumption is that they will all have similar likes, interests, and aptitudes. All three of our boys are unique individuals. Brebeuf Jesuit faculty and staff have met each one of our children where they are in their educational journey, encouraged growth and offered opportunities to stretch their personal potential. Discussions, whether they occur one-on-one with faculty, in the classroom, in larger diversity dialogues, or retreat experiences, have been the most transformative. Brebeuf has opened the minds and hearts of our boys.  These school experiences have created many family discussions and inspired us all to look at the world from a different perspective. For this we will always be grateful.

Jason and I have always been inspired to give back.  We believe that it is important to donate your time, talents, and treasures to the communities of which you belong. Brebeuf has made such a positive impact on the academic and religious formation of our children. By supporting the mission of the school, we can take an active role in providing this opportunity to others and making a positive impact in their lives. We choose to do this by both serving on committees and supporting annual fundraising efforts.  Brebeuf Jesuit not only welcomes all volunteerism, but they are always so grateful and thankful for the things that we do. 

During this unusual year, Brebeuf Jesuit has been proactive and diligent in its approach to preserving the integrity of our children’s education. It is the same approach that they have taken when faced with any adversity. Experts were consulted, staff was educated, and necessary equipment was purchased. Not only was this the approach to adjusting the classroom education of the students, but to all aspects of the Brebeuf experience including but not limited to athletics, music, retreats, and college counseling. True character is revealed during adversity. Brebeuf Jesuit’s approach is setting them apart from other local schools. We are thankful for this approach and know that our support is needed now more than ever.”