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Baylor/Waco Foundation benefits both communities

Jan. 28, 1997

Foundation raises funds for

expansion

By A. Latham Staples

Lariat Reporter

The Baylor/Waco Foundation began in 1959 as an organization to prevent the University from moving to Dallas.

Almost 40 years and half a billion dollars in donations later, the scope of the organization includes raising funds for expansion, construction and renovation of community projects.

'This foundation is like no other at Baylor because it benefits both the community and University with its mission,' Bob Senter, development officer at the University, said. 'The foundation was formed as a way to do community projects in a separate entity from Baylor.'

The foundation provided funds for the University to buy 170 acresof land. In addition, several construction projects have allowed the University to increase its enrollment to more than 12,000 students and its faculty and staff to 1,300.

The foundation provided the funds for the Ferrell Field, Ferrell Special Events Center, Jesse H. Jones Library and the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

More recently, the foundation donated $250,000 for improvements to the Baylor Athletic department's competitiontrack and to build an acoustic shell in Waco Hall.

The acoustic shell will control and reflect the maximum range of audible frequencies enabling the audience to hear better.

The foundation operates a $4.5 million annual budget with help from about 600 donors.

'Foundation members represent a broad spectrum of civic and University life,' said Erin Davis, Baylor/Waco Foundation president. 'New members are always welcomed in this partnership for excellence.'

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