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Pratt Community College campaign success continues

09 November 2018

Dr. Michael Calvert, President, Pratt Community College, announced Friday that the PCC Foundation has raised $1,985,000 on a goal of $3.5 million to build a new track and field complex at Green Sports Complex located in Pratt, Kan. The campaign’s most recent success came in the form of a second $300,000 Land and Water Conservation Grant through the U.S. Department of the Interior and administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
“We have received tremendous support from the community related to this project,” said Calvert. “We credit this to the fact that this facility will not only enhance the quality of athletics for Pratt Community College, but will also improve the lives of other student athletes in our two local school districts.  This multi-purpose facility will enhance city recreation programs and community members will have access to a first class facility.”
The initial $1 million was funded with a challenge gift from an anonymous donor. 
“With the most recent gifts and pledges, we are just $315,000 from matching the $1 million challenge,” said Barry Fisher, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement of Alumni Relations. “Our Campaign Leadership Committee is working hard to ensure that all funds for the challenge grant are met.”
One of the signature gifts to the campaign was awarded by the Sunderland Family Foundation (Kansas City).
“I think individuals, donors and foundations are encouraged by the progress that has been made by way of gifts already committed to this project,” said Calvert. “They see there is a threshold of local support.”
The track and field facility will support athletics, however economics factor in as well. In addition to improving conditions for public school districts, the College and the community at large, the project will be a driver of economic activity.
“This will essentially be an economic driver for Pratt, with hotels, restaurants and retailers benefitting,” said Foundation Board and Campaign Committee Member Gregg Lesh of Wichita.
Based on the success of the Green Sports Complex, it is projected that the Track & Field/Soccer Complex could generate up to $1.4 million in annual economic activity for Pratt. Organizers hope to break ground in the Spring of 2019.
If you are interested in learning more about giving to Pratt Community College, or this project, contact Barry Fisher at the PCC Foundation, 620-450-2179.