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Evangel Receives Largest Gift in School's History

The Green family recently donated $10 million to help support Evangel University in the construction and upgrading of several facilities on campus.
Evangel University President Mike Rakes announced a $10 million gift from the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby and Mardel, to support several presidential initiatives, including the complete renovation of a residential dorm, a new state-of-the art arena, and a field house on campus.

This is the largest gift given to the Springfield, Missouri, university in its 67-year history and will serve as the lead gift for a $22 million new construction campaign.

“We thank the Greens for their landmark contribution,” said Rakes. “This gift fuels growing momentum as we expand the university’s footprint to raise up Spirit-driven students full of compassion with the skills to innovate in every vocation. This investment is the spark needed to continue transforming the student experience and move the university into the future.”

The gift comes as EU continues to build momentum with Rakes’ first year at the helm.

Once the campaign is fully funded, campus upgrades will include:
• The complete renovation of a residence hall. The new state-of-the-art dormitory for students will be a modernized environment and include the latest living spaces along with private study areas and innovative meeting and lounging areas.
• A new arena that will provide opportunities for the entire student body to not only enjoy varsity basketball and volleyball games together but also provide a new space for concerts, chapel, and other activities.
• The construction of a new field house that will be home to the university’s football program, coaches’ offices, athletic trainers, and state-of-the-art varsity weight room.
• A new lighted artificial intramural field which will enhance EU’s student community.

These construction projects address the top presidential strategic priorities of Rakes to elevate the student experience and advance the brand of Evangel University.

Construction timelines and details about these projects will be announced soon.

Erin Hedlun

Erin Hedlun is senior director of Marketing and Communications at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.