Volume 93, Issue 32

Wednesday, October 27, 1999


NEWS

Officer's salary to top USC's agenda

Western reviews admin posts

Olympic park gets federal support

$6 million and counting for brand new stadium

Downtown lights, cameras in stalled for increased safety

Downtown makeover committee unveiled

Briefs

Caught on campus

$6 million and counting for brand new stadium



By John Intini
Gazette Staff

It appears the London 2001 Canada Summer Games have made quite a few friends.

Earlier this week, Western's VP-external and co-chair of the Friends of the Games fundraising committee Ted Garrard, said just over $6 million of the $15 million needed to fund the Games, has already been raised.

Garrard explained the $15 million will be used to fund the university's new $10 million stadium, while the remaining $5 million will be put towards the Games.

"We got off to a very good start, but we would really like to see the momentum continue," Garrard said, adding approximately 1,000 people have made donations thus far.

Anna Marie Lyons, committee chair of the Woodstock chapter of the Friends of the Games, said as of this Sunday, her committee will be following the lead of other local fundraising strategies in St. Thomas and Grand Bend, by approaching local alumni and companies to achieve their $500,000 fundraising goal.

Phil Bowman, co-chair of the 2001 Games, said he is pleased with the current state of fundraising, but is aware a great deal of work still has to be done. "Now that the dirt has been moved and we have gone from paper to doing, I'm certain people will get behind the project," he said.

Garrard said donating has it's privileges. For $201 a donor can have his name inscribed on one of the 40,000 bricks which will make up the walkway to the stadium's front doors. For $2,001 the donor's name will be engraved on a plaque in front of the stadium with the names of other contributors.

Garrard added a $5,000 donation guarantees the inscription of the donor's name on a seat or a locker in the stadium, while those with a thicker wallet can have the stadium named after them for $2.5 million.

"We haven't had any bites yet, but we are following a few more leads," Garrard said about naming the stadium. "We will certainly have a name by next June, even if it's just a temporary name."

Bowman said if a big-money sponsor does not materialize, it may be made up for by a larger number of major sponsors. The committee was looking for six major sponsors, of $500,000 or more, from the outset. With five major sponsors already secured and serious talks under way with three others, Bowman said the new expectation is for 10, which will generate an extra $2 million in funding.

Frank Robert, director of marketing and promotions at Labatt Ontario Breweries, one of the Games' major sponsors, said the decision to become involved in the event was a no-brainer. "We wanted to be part of a high profile event and it shows [Labatt's] continued commitment to the university."


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