Carpenter Grant Raises Campaign Total Gifts to $63.3 Million

Performing Arts CenterThe University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced today that the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has awarded the university a grant of $200,000 toward the construction of a new performing arts center. The gift joins a 2014 grant of $100,000, bringing the foundation's total support for the project to $300,000.

"We are delighted that the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has chosen to partner with UMHB on this important project," said Dr. Randy O'Rear, president of the university. "The foundation has made many grants through the years to organizations in the Temple/Belton area, which have benefited people throughout our community. That tradition continues with this new gift, which will help provide a wonderful new venue for musical and theatrical performances on the UMHB campus. We are grateful for their support."

Based in Richmond, Virginia, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation was established in 1975 by E. Rhodes Carpenter, founder of the Carpenter Company. The foundation offers grants to public charities and non-profit organizations in communities such as Temple, where Carpenter Company has had manufacturing facilities for many years. Over the last 15 years, the foundation has given UMHB grants totaling more than $675,000, primarily in support of music education programs that the school offers to young people in Temple, Belton, and surrounding communities.

The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation gift raised the total of funds raised through the Momentum campaign to $63.3 million. Since the official launch of the campaign in 2012, Momentum gifts have made possible the construction of many outstanding facilities on the campus, including Baugh Center for the Visual Arts (2012), Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center (2013), Crusader Stadium (2013), and Bawcom Student Union (2014).

When the new performing arts center is built, all projects identified in the 2011 Campus Master Plan will have been completed, through the support of the Momentum campaign.

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