Campus: CSU, Fresno -- December 23, 1999

Fresno Business Donates $1 Million For The Save Mart Center Capital Fund

A leading Fresno business has donated $1 million to the multi-purpose Save Mart Center at California State University, Fresno, President John D. Welty announced today.

A spokesman for the business, which requested anonymity, called the center a "very special project for our region" and appealed to others in the community to join in the fundraising effort.

"We are confident that this project will be successful and we urge others to join with us in making the Save Mart Center a reality," he said.

He lauded the efforts of Welty and the university to provide students and the community with a state of the art facility that will enhance both academics and athletics at Fresno State.

"The university and this center is vital to our region's continued success and prosperity," the spokesman said.

The general fundraising campaign is now approaching $70 million in donations toward the $103 million goal, Welty reported.

The president hopes others in the community will follow the lead of the local business as the campaign moves full speed ahead with groundbreaking expected next year at the 48-acre site on the north side of Shaw, west of Chestnut Avenue.

"We're grateful for this show of support by our community and are excited that this partnership will lead to one of the most innovative ventures for the students and people of the Central Valley," Welty said.

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

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