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Contributed by Thomas Rochon on 06/11/2009
It is my great joy to announce that, after many years of planning, Ithaca College has met its $52.5 million fund-raising goal for the new athletics and events center. As a result, the Executive Committee of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees has approved construction of the center, beginning this summer.
In all, more than 2,600 Ithaca alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, students, and trustees contributed to the project -- the culmination of a 20-year dream to update athletics facilities from those constructed for a student body half the size of Ithaca College today.
A tremendous volunteer fund-raising effort was led by the A&E Center National Committee, who encouraged their friends, classmates, and teammates to give. Alumni from various sports teams competed to see which team could score the highest percentage of participation in the campaign. The winner was the women's cross country team, with 31 percent of alumni making a gift.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, the College will host a brief groundbreaking ceremony on June 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the site of the new A&E center, south of the Garden Apartments and adjacent to Boothroyd Hall. Please come and share the excitement of moving those first few shovelfuls of dirt.
To all who made gifts to the A&E center, thank you for helping to bring this much-needed project to life!