Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress Donate $150k to JBU Building

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Dr. Charles Pollard, JBU president and Jerry Moye, President Cobb-Vantress in front of the Cobb Student Seating Section in the new Bill George Arena.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 26, 2010) - Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress have made a gift of $150,000 to John Brown University towards the construction of the Bill George Arena.

“Our company has a history of supporting education and we’re pleased to join with our team at Cobb-Vantress to help fund this important project at John Brown University,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods.

The Bill George Arena opened this fall and has already hosted NAIA volleyball and a sold-out concert. Golden Eagle basketball will have its first game in the new arena on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“JBU is deeply grateful for this gift from Cobb-Vantress and Tyson Foods,” said Dr. Charles Pollard, JBU president. “We are fortunate to live in area in which local businesses invest in the education of young people. This gift to the Bill George Arena reflects the commitment of Cobb-Vantress and Tyson Foods to JBU, to Siloam Springs, and to Northwest Arkansas, and we are so thankful for that commitment.”

“We are pleased to support the local community and in particular John Brown University in its efforts to continue to build a first-class education facility in Siloam Springs. We wish JBU every success with the new arena,” commented Jerry Moye, President Cobb-Vantress.

The 38,000 square-foot Bill George Arena provides a much-needed athletic facility and community gathering space, with a maximum seating capacity of 2,400. Previously, JBU hosted athletic events in the nearly 50-year-old Murray Sells Athletic Center, which seats less than 1,000 people.

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