WMU News

Trustees hear gift report for September

October 30, 1998

DETROIT -- More than $200,000 in cash and non-cash gifts was received in September by the Western Michigan University Foundation, according to a report presented to the WMU Board of Trustees at its Oct. 30 meeting.

The WMU Foundation, which was established in 1976, receives gifts for a variety of University departments, programs and activities.

It reported receiving $211,451 in cash and non-cash gifts during September. This puts the total gifts received by the foundation at $2,363,041 since the 1998-99 fiscal year began July 1.

Among the major gifts received was $10,000 from George F. Ball to the Mike Gary Athletic Fund. The donation is restricted for use to support the hockey pep band. Ball of Newport Beach, Calif., is general counsel for American Suzuki Motor Corp. in Brea, Calif. He played on the Bronco hockey team and received a bachelor of science degree from WMU in 1966.

The WMU Foundation also received nearly $300,000 in gift pledges. All of these pledges were designated for unrestricted use by the Mike Gary Athletic Fund.

In addition, trustees heard a report from the Paper Technology Foundation at WMU. The foundation received $26,460 in cash and non-cash gifts during September, putting its total gifts this fiscal year at $110,429.

The Paper Technology Foundation, established in 1958, is in the middle of a $5.75 million capital campaign. The campaign began in July 1995 and will conclude in June 2000. So far, it has garnered about $3.9 million in gifts and pledges.

The foundation supports and enhances the internationally known paper programs offered by WMU's Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering. It also helps recruit and financially assist young men and women who wish to pursue careers in the pulp and paper industry.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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