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Largest-ever gift benefits Iowa Women's Softball
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A gift of $150,000 from the George H. Scanlon Foundation
to the Grand Stand Campaign for Iowa Women's Softball will help upgrade
the intercollegiate diamond at the University of Iowa Softball Complex.
The contribution is the largest ever received by UI Women's Athletics,
according to the University of Iowa Foundation.
The gift was made through the George H. Scanlon Foundation by the children
of James P. and Jennifer C. Scanlon in memory of their mother, who died
in 1996. The intercollegiate field will be named the Jennifer Scanlon
Jennifer and James Scanlon, who died in 1988, were both UI graduates
and had four children: Jane Scanlon of Chicago; Patrick Scanlon of Los
Angeles; Clarke Scanlon of Urbandale, Iowa; and Marcia Scanlon of Los Angeles.
Jennifer Scanlon was a dedicated Hawkeye fan and UI Foundation supporter.
She served as co-chair of the National Steering Committee of the Hawkeye
Horizons Campaign to benefit UI Athletics and contributed generously to
UI Men's and Women's Athletics, Hancher Auditorium, medical research, and
other UI programs.
The Team Meeting Room Complex in the UI Jacobson Athletic Building was
named in memory of James Scanlon through a gift made in 1995 by the George
H. Scanlon Foundation.
Speaking on behalf of his siblings, Clarke Scanlon said, "Our mother
was one of the first contributors to the UI Women's Athletics program.
We're happy to be able to make this gift to the Grand Stand Campaign that
carries on our mother's interests and the commitment of the George H. Scanlon
Foundation to helping others."
Clarke Scanlon is president of the Foundation established by his grandparents,
Dr. George and Beatrice Scanlon, both UI graduates, and administered by
his parents until their deaths.UI Softball Head Coach Gayle Blevins said,
"We greatly appreciate the Scanlon family's generosity. Their contribution
dramatically furthers our efforts to bring much-needed improvements to
the intercollegiate diamond. We look forward to naming the field in Jennifer
Scanlon's memory at the Grand Stand Campaign dedication events next spring."
The Grand Stand Campaign, launched in 1997 to upgrade the intercollegiate
complex, has a goal of $1 million.
The first phase of improvements was completed earlier this year and
recognized at a "Turn on the Lights" celebration in April. These
upgrades included a generous gift in kind of outdoor lighting from Musco
Lighting of Muscatine.
In addition to supporting the UI, the George H. Scanlon Foundation has
made generous gifts benefiting communities in Iowa and other states. Last
fall the Scanlon family committed $100,000 to help build a $1.5 million
gymnasium addition to Mercer Park Aquatics Center in Iowa City. The gym
will be named after James Scanlon.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the channel for private contributions
from foundations, alumni, friends and businesses to all areas of the University
of Iowa for facilities improvements, scholarships and other forms of support.