Campus: CSU, Fresno -- January 11, 2000

Richburgs And Anonymous Donor Give $500k To Save Mart Center

Dr. Frederick Richburg of Fresno, along with his wife Linda, have donated $250,000 to the multi-purpose Save Mart Center at California State University, Fresno, and an anonymous local family this week has also donated $250,000, President John D. Welty announced today.

"The Save Mart Center is a unique and wonderful opportunity to enhance the university and the valley," said Richburg, an opthamologist in Fresno since 1967 who established the Valley Eye Institute. "We look forward to seeing this world-class facility in our community and we encourage others to join this campaign."

The second gift of $250,000 came from a local family which has been a longtime supporter of the university and wished to remain anonymous.

Welty praised the donors' generosity, saying their leadership will help pave the way for the university to meet its goal of $103 million for the center. Nearly $70 million has been raised.

"The Richburgs show that many Fresnans who have helped build our community want to ensure that our quality of life continues to improve through a strong university," Welty said.

A native of Illinois, Richburg holds several positions in Fresno area hospitals and medical associations. In 1991 he and his wife established Mission Cataract USA, which provides cataract procedures free for patients who have no Medicare, MediCal, or other means of paying for necessary surgery. They are also noted for the annual "Valley Eye Institute Christmas For Seniors" party for senior citizens who do not have family or friends to be with on Christmas Day.

Groundbreaking is expected later this year for the 16,000-seat event complex at the 48-acre site on the north side of Shaw, west of Chestnut Avenue.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Smits, Fresno State vice president for university advancement, at 278-6050.

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