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Oct. 20, 2006
Contact: Rosita McCoy, KU Endowment, (785) 832-7336.

Gifts for KU help reopen Danforth Chapel

LAWRENCE — Call the bride, the wedding is on: The University of Kansas has replaced the red roof of its historic Danforth Chapel, destroyed in the March 12 storm that hit Lawrence and the KU campus.

Following the storm, KU shuttered the 60-year-old nondenominational chapel until repairs could be made to the roof of the building. Weddings and other events at the chapel were cancelled for the summer.

Private gifts to KU Endowment funded the repairs. Those gifts included $25,000 from Robert H. Malott of Wilmette, Ill.; $3,900 from the Historic Mount Oread Fund, an organization dedicated to preserving the university’s historic heritage; and $15,400 in gifts from dozens of KU friends and alumni for recovery from the storm.

Since Danforth’s dedication in 1946, the chapel has been host to almost 5,000 weddings. It continues to be a destination for students seeking a quiet place for meditation and contemplation.

Gifts for further renovation of Danforth Chapel are welcomed by KU Endowment, the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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