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More support for project to honour Paul Davenport

by Karmen Dowling | September 24, 2008

More support for project to honour Paul Davenport
The Paul Davenport Legacy at Talbot Theatre project

Foundation Western and Western’s Alumni Association have donated $250,000 in support of The Paul Davenport Legacy at Talbot Theatre in the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The University is renovating the theatre which it plans to rename in recognition of Davenport as he completes his 15-year term as Western’s president in 2009.

“Dr. Davenport is a great ambassador for the University and a staunch supporter of the arts,” says Executive Director of Foundation Western, Frank Pyka. “Foundation Western jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Alumni Association in contributing to the renovation project as a fitting way to recognize and to thank Dr. Davenport.”

Outgoing Alumni Association President, Jeremy Adams, said, “The theatre will be used every day by music students for their rehearsals and performances as part of the best student experience. Once renovated, the theatre will also offer the best audience experience. We are tremendously proud and pleased to participate in the restoration of the theatre and show our respect and admiration for Dr. Davenport in this way.”

A number of other donations have recently come in to support the project:

  • Along with their recent $500,000 gift to Robarts, the Ivey family has madea $300,000 gift to The Paul Davenport Legacy at Talbot Theatre.
  • In addition to their $1-million gift to the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion,the T.R. Meighen Foundation has donated $150,000 to the renovation.
  • Alumnus Joseph L. Rotman (BA’57) has made a $50,000 commitment to the project.

The total cost of the Talbot Theatre modernization is $5 million. The University has committed $2.5 million toward the project, with the remainder to come from private donations. So, far $1.2 million has been raised. Construction is underway, with an expected completion date of June 2009.

This article appeared in the Fall 2008 edition of Impact Western
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