The Goppert Foundation of Kansas City, MO, has awarded a $100,000 grant to benefit Ottawa University’s Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center project. Mike Skidmore, vice president and branch manager of Goppert State Savings Bank of Ottawa and Pomona, KS, presented the check during an Ottawa Chamber of Commerce coffee on Friday, November 1, on the Ottawa University campus.
The library and student center represent the largest project of the University’s $24.3M Advancing the Vision capital campaign. The new student center and cafeteria are currently under construction, with a scheduled completion date of summer 2014. The library is slated for completion by fall of 2015. A technology-enabled conference room in the new library’s conference center will bear the Goppert name.
“When you think about the Goppert Foundation, you think about the large amounts of money it has invested in recreation, in health care and in education in the communities where its banks are located,” said Skidmore. “We personally know the Gangwish and Gibson families, who are the benefactors of the new facilities being built. Beyond the gifts that they have given, they are terrific people of character, and we appreciate the opportunity to have the Goppert name associated with theirs on this building.”
“We are so grateful for the Goppert Foundation’s generosity and faith in our endeavor,” said Ottawa University President Kevin C. Eichner. “Their work in this community is exemplary, and we feel very fortunate to be supported by such an outstanding organization. This terrific gift helps us to sustain the significant momentum we have been able to achieve toward our ultimate goal for this project.”
The Goppert Foundation was established in 1959 by Clarence H. Goppert, a banker and philanthropist. The foundation is committed to helping community civic groups, health care facilities and educational endeavors and has a history of generously supporting Ottawa University, with previous gifts of $200,000 and $100,000. Other area beneficiaries have been Ransom Memorial Hospital, Elizabeth Layton Center, Ottawa Recreation Commission, Neosho County Community College, Baker University, the Ottawa Library, and a 4-H Scholarship to Kansas State University.