Oregon Christian College Meets $250,000 Matching Grant Total for Sports Complex

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Nearly $2.1 million has been raised for project to benefit George Fox University, community.

Construction of George Fox's new soccer field has begun and will be ready for play this fall.

This is an exciting time for George Fox University and for the donors who gave this significant match

George Fox University has moved a step closer toward meeting its fundraising goal for a new athletic complex currently under construction a half mile north of the school’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

On June 17, the university announced it had successfully raised the $250,000 needed for a matching grant donated by an anonymous Newberg family in October of 2009. As designated by the donor, the grant will match dollar for dollar – up to $250,000 – raised for the Austin Sports Complex, a multi-use sports facility that will be used by the university, Newberg High School, local club teams and the community. The university had until June 30 to meet the match.

With the match, the university has raised nearly $2.1 million toward the $6.5 million fundraising goal. “This is a three-year effort, and we hope to raise another third, approximately $2.5 million, in 2010-11,” said Shari Scales, vice president of advancement at George Fox.

Scales said 131 donors gave gifts ranging from $5 to $25,000 toward the matching grant between October and June. Donors included graduating seniors, George Fox employees, alumni and board members.

“This is an exciting time for George Fox University and for the donors who gave this significant match,” Scales said. “We are grateful to everyone who helped, and they, in turn, are grateful that the gifts they gave during this period were doubled.”

The university hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the complex in April, and construction has been ongoing since. It was also in April that the university received a $300,000 donation from Pacific Fibre Products of Longview, Wash., for the project.

This month general contractor The Saunders Company began overseeing installation of the synthetic Astro Turf GameDay Grass MT45 field, so the first soccer field will be ready for play this fall, according to Mike Goins, vice president for financial affairs and the project’s manager.

Once completed, the Austin Sports Complex will include a multi-use synthetic turf field, a synthetic turf soccer field, an athletic center building, three grass fields, and a walking/jogging path.

Phase I of the project was launched on July 9, 2009, with the announcement of a $1.2 million lead gift from Brad and Katharine Stoffer and their Boedecker Foundation. The first phase calls for the development of 11 acres of land through construction of the synthetic turf soccer field, the multi-use synthetic turf field, and the athletic center building.

The complex is being developed on 23 acres of land donated to the university by Ken and Joan Austin, founders of A-dec and The Allison Inn & Spa. The property is located on the corner of Crestview and Villa roads in Newberg.

Previously, in March, George Fox announced it would field a Division III football program after taking a more than 40-year hiatus from the sport. Kickoff is set for the fall of 2013.

More information on the Austin Sports Complex is available at georgefox.edu/dev/austin-complex/index.html.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Shari Scales
Vie President of Advancement


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