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Gifts for UNI's McLeod Center bring project closer to completion

September 25, 2003
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William Calhoun, vice president for university advancement; and president, UNI Foundation,
(319) 273-6078
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three gifts totaling $350,000 from area donors are bringing UNI's McLeod Center closer to completion.

Peterson Contractors Incorporated (PCI) of Reinbeck, and its employees, donated $150,000. 'We know the McLeod Center will be a great asset that will serve several generations of students and provide opportunities to those of us who work and live in the Cedar Valley,' said PCI President Cordell Peterson.

Standard Golf Company, and owners Peter and Marilyn Voorhees of Cedar Falls, made a gift of $100,000. Peter Voorhees is past president of the UNI Athletic Club and a former UNI Foundation trustee. He and his wife, Marilyn, are UNI graduates. 'When you look at what facilities like the Curris Business Building and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center have meant to those programs, you realize that facilities count. The McLeod Center is the final piece needed to upgrade the UNI athletic program, a process that began 30 years ago when the UNI-Dome was built and UNI moved to the NCAA Division I level,' said Voorhees.

The project also received a pledge of $100,000 from The Doerfer Companies of Cedar Falls. Doerfer President Dave Takes is a 1981 UNI graduate and serves on the UNI Foundation's 'Students First' campaign committee. 'The Doerfer Companies are pleased to make this gift to UNI, an entity that contributes so much to the quality of life in the area,' said Takes.

The McLeod Center, a multi-purpose sports, entertainment and events facility, will be part of the university's west-campus complex. The center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball. In addition, it will host numerous community events including craft and trade shows and youth activities, ranging from state and national tournaments to camps.

The university is in its final push to complete fundraising for the McLeod Center. Nearly $16 million of the $18 million goal has been raised, $9 million of it from the Cedar Valley. 'Our target is to reach the $18 million mark this fall so we can begin construction soon,' said Bill Calhoun, UNI Foundation president.