An overflow crowd gathered on the Weatherford College campus Thursday to celebrate the success of the WC Foundation’s “The Time is Now for Your College” capital campaign and to commemorate the construction of the new Don Allen Health Science Building.
Officials announced the campaign raised more than $2.4 million, by far the most successful fundraising effort in school history.
The campaign began in 2011 with a $2 million goal. As Vice President of Institutional Advancement Brent Baker signaled for the unveiling of a banner declaring the campaign total an unprecedented success, the crowd clapped and cheered as the numbers $2,415,133 became visible.
Campaign Chairman Bob Glenn recognized donors and many volunteers who worked to make the project a success.
“This is a real victory for the community today. Weatherford College is the showplace of Weatherford and Parker County,” said Glenn.
Jerry and Vickie Durant, Nancy and Richard Stuart, Ed and Patti Kramer, Jay Gibbs of First Financial Bank, Pat Hamilton of Plains Capital Bank, Gary and Linda Snow and Carol Eppright were among those donors especially recognized during the event.
The Durants’ $400,000 pledge was the largest of the campaign and was designated toward the construction of the Don Allen Health Science Building.
Already well under construction, the new 31,000-square-foot building will house WC’s allied health programs including nursing, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, sonography and phlebotomy. The building is expected to open in May of 2014.
Frank Martin, WC Board of Trustees chair, expressed his appreciation for the people who attended.
“I am impressed so many have come today,” he said. “I’m happy that we are continuing to keep an eye to the future for our children, and we must be doing something right, because the kids keep coming back here.”
Dr. Kevin Eaton said, “This is a huge day for Weatherford College. I want to thank our board for being such good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and to our donors for their support. Over the last four-and-half years, we have brought WC to where it needed it to be.”
Members of the Board of Trustees, donors and others signed a steel construction beam that will become a permanent part of the structure.
“Parker County has some great non-profits and wonderful causes—there are many wonderful things to support,” said Baker. “That makes us even more appreciative of the commitment our community has to Weatherford College.”