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Two major giving marks surge at Southwestern

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Total gifts to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for Aug. 1, 1996-Feb. 28 were up 15.8 percent from the same period last year, according to Rodney Geno, director of development records and research at the seminary. Aug. 1 is the beginning of the seminary’s fiscal year.

Significant gains also were noted in planned giving — gifts and pledges increased from $775,186 to $5,178,318 thanks to a planned gift of $4.3 million from a scholarship in honor of Mrs. Vyrdilee Brooks of Roswell, Ga.

“We have a broad constituency of support that has increased over the same period last year,” Geno said. “This increase seems to be establishing a trend that will continue over time and help the seminary in its expansion and growth.”

Other significant gifts received since August include:

— $250,000 from the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation toward the Center for Continuing Education.

— $29,834 pledge payment from First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, to help fund the James T. Draper Chair of Pastoral Ministries.

— $25,000 for the addition of a patio to Naylor Student Center.

— $25,000 toward the Draper Chair.

— $20,000 pledge payment for the 1997 Spring Evangelism Practicum.

— $20,000 to benefit the Dick Baker Chair of Music Missions and Evangelism.

— $17,000 toward the purchase of interactive video equipment for Southwestern’s off-campus center in Houston.

— $10,000 each from Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and First Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas, for the revitalizing project of the Carroll Park student apartment complex.

— $10,000 from First Baptist Church, Dallas, toward a suite in the name of O.S. Hawkins in the Center for Continuing Education.

— $10,000 toward the Draper Chair.

— $10,000 for the construction of Wild Bill’s Cafe.
Other significant gifts received since the fiscal year began and designated for student scholarships include:

— $25,000 toward the Pauline Edna Snelson Scholarship Fund.

— $21,000 from the Hawaii Baptist Foundation toward scholarships for Hawaiian students.

— $20,000 for the Student Spousal Scholarship Fund.

— $15,000 from Newgulf Baptist Church to benefit the Newgulf Baptist Church Endowed Scholarship Fund.

— $11,000 from the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma toward the Myra Cross Estes Scholarship Fund.

— $10,073 for the Robert “Bert” Tubbs Scholarship Fund for diploma students employed by the seminary’s physical plant.

— $10,000 for the Jimmy and Ruth Morgan Scholarship Fund.

— $10,000 toward the Gideon and Ina Bush Endowed Scholarship Fund.

For information on how your gift can help Southwestern “Touch the World and Impact Eternity,” contact Jack D. Terry Jr., vice president for institutional advancement, P.O. Box 22000, Fort Worth TX 76122, or call 817-923-1921, ext. 7220.

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