Timken Foundation Pledges $1 Million in Support of Health and Wellness Center Project
October 29, 2008
The Timken Foundation of Canton, OH has made a Drive for Distinction Campaign pledge of $1 million to Mount Union College for the Health and Wellness Center project.
“Few institutions in our area have been connected to Mount Union longer than the Timken Company and its foundation,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College. “We are extremely proud of our long-term association with the Timkens and are grateful that they have once again joined our efforts in such a meaningful way.”
The gift, a five-year pledge, is designated for the College’s $16.7 million Health and Wellness Center project, one of the highlighted facilities of the campaign. Work began during the summer 2008, and construction is expected to be complete in late 2009.
“The Timken Foundation is one of the pillars of the Stark County charitable community,” said Vice President for College Advancement Jim Piatt. “This gift reinforces the foundation’s interest and investment in our region’s future.”
The Timken Foundation has supported each organized fund-raising campaign at the College since the early 1960s. In the early 1970s, it provided the lead gift to name the Timken Physical Education Building, which has served the College as a primary recreation and athletic venue for four decades. That same facility is being renovated as part of the Health and Wellness Center project. In the early 1990s, The Timken Foundation provided a lead gift during the Progress with Tradition Campaign to launch the College’s program called LATTICE (Learning and Teaching Through an Integrated Campus Environment). LATTICE was the College’s project to establish a state-of-the-art campus network, which propelled Mount Union as a front runner in technology.
“The Timken Foundation demands and supports excellence, and its commitment to Mount Union is much deeper than a financial boost to our campaign,” Piatt continued. “This gift represents the excellence that is an historic characteristic of the College, its people and its programs.”