La-Z-Boy Arkansas Donates $30k to JBU Building Projects

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Pictured Left to Right: Jim Krall, JBU vice president of advancement; Mike Wilmon, La-Z-Boy Quality Manager; Chip Pollard, JBU President; Don Bridges, La-Z-Boy Controller; Kevin Harmon, La-Z-Boy General Manager; Chuck Hyde, Soderquist Center Chief Executive Officer; Audra Farrell, La-Z-Boy HR Manager; Roger Boyd, La-Z-Boy Poly Manager; Ron Dyer, La-Z-Boy Production Manager; Don Austin, La-Z-Boy CI Manager; Dave Harlin, La-Z-Boy Logistics Manager.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (July 20, 2010) - La-Z-Boy Arkansas has donated a gift of $30,000 to John Brown University towards the construction of the Bill George Arena and the Berry Performing Arts Center.

“La-Z-Boy Incorporated places a high value on being responsible corporate citizens in the communities in which we work, live and serve,” said Kevin Harmon, general manager of La-Z-Boy Arkansas. “It is with great pride that we are able to continue developing our partnership with JBU and the Soderquist Center, so that opportunities for higher education thrive in the Siloam Springs community.”

Both the Bill George Arena and the Berry Performing Arts Center are scheduled to open this fall.

“The generosity of La-Z-Boy is not only helping to provide students at JBU with important educational facilities, but it also helping to provide quality venues for our community,” said Dr. Chip Pollard, JBU president.

“We are grateful for this generous contribution from our friends at La-Z-Boy Arkansas,” said Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement. "Their gift is great support for these key projects on the JBU campus.”

The 38,000 square-foot Bill George Arena will provide much needed athletic and gathering space for the university and community, with a maximum seating capacity of 2,400. Currently JBU hosts athletic events in the nearly 50-year-old Murray Sells Athletic Center, which seats less than 1,000 people. The Bill George Arena will accommodate large gatherings such as graduation and special events. The 28,000 square-foot Berry Performing Arts Center will provide space for theater productions, music recitals and performances, chapel programs and other special events. The facility features a 500-seat auditorium with an orchestra pit and extensive backstage facilities.

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