Ohio University Fundraising Campaign Builds on Walter Family Gift

The Multi-Purpose Center will be ultilized by several Ohio University organizations.

Sept. 28, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University announced today a fundraising campaign for a new, $11 million Multi-Purpose Center.

In December 2010, a lead gift of $8 million was received from Robert and Margaret Walter of Dublin, Ohio. Since the lead gift by the Walter Family, the current project pledge total has risen to $8.9 million. The fundraising campaign will seek to raise additional funds to exceed the final goal of $11 million in order to maximize building quality and finance annual maintenance costs.

"This facility will support a broad range of co-curricular programming, significantly enhancing the overall student experience at Ohio University," stated Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

The 74,000-square foot facility, to be located on the practice fields east of Peden Stadium, will feature a 190 x 390 foot artificial turf surface for the use by a variety of campus units.

"This project will touch so many aspects of the university, including allowing our athletic teams to effectively train and practice during inclement weather," said Jim Schaus, Director of Athletics."For the dream to become a reality, we have to generate more resources. I encourage everyone to consider how they might participate in this historic project."

The Multi-Purpose Center will be utilized by Ohio University varsity sports, academic classes, intramurals and recreation, club sports, student organizations, special events, the Marching 110, ROTC and community activities.

For further information on the Multi-Purpose Center or to learn how to participate, visit OhioBobcats.com or call (740) 593-1176.

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