TAMPA, Fla. (October 29, 2019) -- Tampa Catholic High School announces a gift of $150,000 to the school by Class of 1975 alumna Margo Warhola Shepard and her husband Michael. The gift will be used to name the track and field facility at the school in honor of the Warhola family.
The Warhola family has strong roots at Tampa Catholic. Mark (’74) started the trend; Margo (’75) came in next; then Mikhaila (’77). A few years later Margo’s niece, Martel Warhola, attended TC and graduated in 2000.
Ms. Shepard acknowledged the role that Tampa Catholic played in her life during her keynote address at the Class of 2018 commencement exercises. “…to this day I believe nothing has served me better in life than being a lifelong learner and that foundation started in High School at TC.”
Mr. Robert C. Lees, Principal of Tampa Catholic, offered appreciation for the Shepard’s gift. “Margo and Michael have been faithful supporters of Tampa Catholic over the years, previously establishing the Warhola Family Endowment for Tuition Assistance. Margo embodies all that we hope to instill in our graduates and is an example of the true spirit of our school values of Faith, Excellence and Family."
After high school, Margo went on to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she ran track until an injury sidelined her during her junior year. She completed her bachelor’s degree and immediately starting working for the Hallmark Corporation in Kansas City. While working, Margo also attended the University of Kansas and completed her MBA in 1981.
Ms. Shepard has over 38 years of financial industry experience with Morgan Stanley and, for the past nine years with Wells Fargo Advisors. She was named by Barron’s as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisers in the country in 2006. She was also recognized by the Financial Times as a Top 400 advisor in the US in 2015. Recently, Margo was recognized as a 2018 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor.
Margo credits her love of track to the late Tampa Catholic coaching legend Nick DiMaggio. She has great appreciation and admiration for Coach’s role as a pioneer in women’s athletics at the high school level.
The Warhola Family Track and Field Facility at Tampa Catholic High School is part of a multi-project master plan to upgrade the facilities at the school. The Shepard’s gift adds to the recent $500,000 challenge gift made by Lydia and John Oliva earlier this year.
About Tampa Catholic High School
Tampa Catholic High School is a leader in the education of boys and girls in the Edmund Rice tradition. We are a Catholic high school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg dedicated to providing our students with “Veritas et Caritas” (truth and charity) through educational excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Tampa Catholic has more than 720 students enrolled in its college preparatory curriculum and 99% of its graduates continue their education at a college or university. The school now has more than 9,100 alumni who proudly live the school’s ideal of Faith, Excellence & Family in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the world.
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