Women & Philanthropy at UT gives grant for alumni pavilion

June 1, 2012 | News, UToday
By Staff

Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo has made a $50,000 pledge over a three-year period to name the hospitality area in the new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion that will be built this summer adjacent to the Glass Bowl Stadium.

The hospitality area will be the location for food service preparation and distribution.

“I am pleased that Women & Philanthropy received more grant applications this year than in any other year,” said Nancy Lapp, chair of the grants committee. “It shows that we are reaching our target population — UT’s staff, faculty and students in need of funding for their projects and programs. It also provides our Women & Philanthropy members an opportunity to learn firsthand of the important, exceptional work that continues to be done by the talented community that is The University of Toledo.”

Projected to cost $900,000, the 3,800-square-foot facility will be part of a 12,000-square-foot overall plaza area and feature the University’s traditional lannon stone construction.

Thousands will use the pavilion at every home football game, and it will be available for other University functions and area events.

“The Alumni Association is so very grateful to Women & Philanthropy for their kind and very generous legacy donation to the alumni pavilion project,” said Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president for alumni relations. “The tens of thousands of alumni and friends expected to visit the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion annually will have yet one more point of pride at our great university. The visionary leadership gift from Women & Philanthropy to this project is something that will truly benefit our alma mater and the campus community for decades to come.”

Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo aspires to promote the institution through investments and grants to UT initiatives. Women & Philanthropy is committed to forging new relationships and building a community of thoughtful, effective philanthropists among women diverse in age, interests and backgrounds. Formed in 2006, the group made its first grant in 2008 and, including this year’s grant, has contributed a total of $176,931 to the University.

“Our goal is to unify and collaborate with many women to make a difference at The University of Toledo,” said Marianne Ballas, chair of Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo. “This gift is an example of what we can do with a membership of only 50 women. We invite all women to research our group and consider a membership. Collective and collaborative giving is powerful, and that’s what Women & Philanthropy is all about.”

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/offices/women_philanthropy.

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