JBU Receives $1.2 Million Challenge Grant from Mabee Center

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 10, 1999) — John Brown University Officials announced February 4, 1999 that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has awarded the school a $1.2 million challenge grant toward completion of the $8.5 million Campus Community Center. JBU's challenge form The Mabee foundation is to raise the remaining funds by January 1, 2000.

JBU president , Lee Balzer, said, "This is a great day for JBU. We deeply appreciate the support and endorsement of the Mabee Foundation as part of our overall Comprehensive Campaign. The Mabee Foundation is an outstanding organization with profound commitments to private, higher education. This grant will be a catalyst to our fund-raising efforts. We are honored to have the Mabee foundation as a partner in this effort."

Historically, The Mabee Foundation has contributed in John Brown University's growth. In 1991, The Mabee foundation gave JBU a $250,000 challenge grant for renovations to the Cathedral of the Ozarks to create the Harvey and Bernice Jones Recital Hall, where the JBU music department holds its lyceums, recitals, operas, dramas, and concerts. Prior to this, The Mabee Foundation contributed the lead gift to The Mabee Learning Resource Complex on the campus of John Brown University.

The general objectives and purposes of The Mabee Foundation are to assist religious, charitable, and educational organizations. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit, tax exempt, non-tax supported, established institutions which combine sound character and stability with progressiveness and purpose.