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University receives $600,000 gift to bolster stadium project

Two anonymous donors have together made a gift of $600,000 to George Fox University. Most of the gift will be combined with a prior gift of $300,000 to help with the construction of facilities in Stoffer Family Stadium, which will be home to the George Fox football team when the sport makes its return to the university's athletic program in the fall of 2014.

A portion of the gift will also be designated to the university's Annual Fund, which directly impacts 80 percent of all undergraduate students through merit- and needs-based scholarships.

George Fox is seeking $7.2 million in gifts and commitments by December 31, 2013 to fund the construction of a stadium complex that will be home to the university's football and track & field programs.

According to vice president for university advancement Brian Gardner, this gift brings funding to over $5.3 million. "We are hopeful it will encourage others to come alongside and invest in the education of our students in this way," says Gardner.

The Bruins will play their first football game in 45 years when they kick off in the fall of 2014. The NCAA Division III program will be led by head coach Chris Casey, who guided Aloha High School to an Oregon Class 6A state championship in 2010.

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