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Generous donors continue to support University Center campaign

04.25.2017 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
The new Nick and Lou Martin University Center is a part of the 2020 Vision

The new Nick and Lou Martin University Center is getting great support from local donors, bringing the project even closer to the groundbreaking, planned for 2018. So far, $13.2 million of the $19 million project needed has been promised. An additional $1.35 million is being sought for a maintenance endowment.

Most recently, The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation issued a challenge grant in the amount of $1,000,000 in support of the Martin Center. The grant requires that Texas Wesleyan secure $19 million in pledge commitments by January 2018 to receive the funding.

In addition to the Mabee challenge, the University received three additional significant gift commitments:

  1. Longtime Texas Wesleyan benefactors Rod and Claudia ’72 Stepp made a leadership gift commitment of $500,000 in support of the new Stepp Amphitheater within the Martin Center. Situated on the west side of the University Center, the amphitheater will feature a small stage able to accommodate a small theater or musical ensemble.
  2. The George F. & Mary L. Leone Foundation made a leadership commitment of $500,000 as part of a $1 million commitment, which includes funding for student scholarships. George Leone ’49 is a member of Texas Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustee and longtime university benefactor.
  3. The DuBose Family Foundation made a commitment of $375,000. Jimmy DuBose, who established the foundation, is the founder of Colonial Savings and served for a decade on the university’s Board of Trustees. His wife, Caroll Cheek DuBose, attended Texas Wesleyan in the 1950s, and his son Jim DuBose is a member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees.
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