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McDonalds gives gift to sports complex, challenges citizens to match

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  Jan 3, 2011   jasonopat

Bob and Jennifer Lane, owners and operators of Lane Enterprises which manages several McDonald’s restaurants in South Central Kansas, including in Augusta and El Dorado, announced a $250,000 gift toward construction of the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex. Lane’s intent is that his gift will challenge the community to match his support with an additional $250,000. Lanes’ gift brings the private fundraising total to $3.3 million of its $4 million goal.

“This is an incredible testament to Lane Enterprises’ commitment to our community,” says Stacy Cofer, chief advancement officer at Butler Community College Foundation. “Bob believes in this project and its benefits for our region and, more importantly, values the involvement and ownership of our citizens.”

To honor Lane’s gift, the turf in the stadium will bear the McDonald’s logo in two locations along the visitor and home sides of the field.

“I’m a long-time supporter of Butler Community College and the El Dorado community,” Lane said. “My family has been a significant part of El Dorado since 1978. This is an opportunity to showcase the quality teams Butler has produced and will continue to produce over the years. It will be a much used and appreciated facility for the entire community.”

The BG Products Veterans Sports Complex is managed by the Educational Facilities Authority, which is comprised of two members from each of the three partnering entities: The City of El Dorado, El Dorado Public Schools USD 490 and Butler Community College, as well as one member at large.

“It is time to engage the entire community in the fund-raising effort, much the same way that the community backed the YMCA over 10 years ago,” said stadium donor Ray Connell. “Bob and Jennifer’s challenge gift enables that to happen.”

Lane has served on many community organizations including Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita and the Butler Community College Foundation Board. Lane also served as campaign chair for the community-wide capital campaign that helped bring a YMCA facility to El Dorado.

To accept Lane’s challenge, citizens can make a donation online at www.eldoradostadiumproject.comby clicking on the “make a donation” tab. Online pledge forms can also be accessed at the Web site or business and individuals can contact the Butler Community College Foundation at 323-6731.