University Wraps Up Fundraising on Cathedral Group
Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 24, 2008) — John Brown University officials are pleased to announce the successful completion of a $6.1 million fundraising effort for renovations of its Cathedral Group. The Cathedral Group, on JBU’s main campus in Siloam Springs, includes the Engineering building, Art building, and the landmark Cathedral of the Ozarks. The fundraising concluded following the fulfillment of a $1,000,000 pledge from The Kresge Foundation. JBU had until December 2007 to complete its fundraising efforts in order to receive The Kresge Foundation challenge grant. “The renovations to these historic buildings not only demonstrate a commitment to preserving JBU’s heritage, but also a commitment to preparing future students to honor God and serve others. We are thankful for the Kresge Foundation, the Mabee Foundation, and for all the donors who contributed to the long-awaited completion of the founder’s vision for these buildings,” said JBU President Charles Pollard. When the fundraising effort began in 2006, The Kresge Foundation* and the Mabee Foundation each issued $1,000,000 challenge grants toward the renovation project. Throughout the 18-month fundraising effort, more than 1,200 alumni, friends, foundations, corporations and members of the JBU community have given to the project. Last spring, an anonymous donor committed to match money raised for the project by JBU’s faculty, staff, and students up to $35,000. When the community responded by meeting the challenge through a “Rock the Cathedral” campaign, another anonymous donor was so inspired that he offered another match of $35,000, bringing the total money raised on campus to $105,000. “This renovation is an exciting project for the JBU campus,” said Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement. “It is a vital part of preserving the history of JBU that is represented in the Cathedral group. We are grateful for everyone who contributed so generously to make this possible.” In order to preserve the future of the Cathedral Group, JBU raised the money needed to renovate the Cathedral Group and complete the external surfaces of the over 50-year-old buildings. Funds raised also provided for: the remodel of interior classrooms and offices, the continued preservation the Cathedral’s stained glass windows, replacement of the roofs of all three buildings, an updated heating and air conditioning systems, installation of new restroom facilities in the Cathedral, and other necessary repairs. JBU celebrated the beginning of the Cathedral Group renovation project with a commemorative placement of the first stones on the outside of the Cathedral of the Ozarks on April 26, 2007. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by summer 2008.