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Palmer builds on Kresge challenge grant

Construction on the Chiropractic Learning Resource Center on the Davenport campus continues as workers put up the exterior walls of the structure.
CLRC Construction

On June 26, The Kresge Foundation awarded Palmer College of Chiropractic a $750,000 challenge grant for bricks and mortar funding, to assist the College in reaching its capital campaign goal of $35 million. Including the Kresge grant, at press time, funds were more than $32 million in cash and pledges, and the campaign is on track to reach its $35-million goal by December 31, 2006.

The Kresge funds will be dedicated solely to the construction of the Chiropractic Learning Resource Center (CLRC) on the Davenport campus.

“My father would have been so proud to hear that The Kresge Foundation looked upon us as an organization to which they wanted to give money,” said Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Vickie A. Palmer. “That a foundation as prestigious as Kresge found Palmer College worthy is a great achievement, and he would have been very proud of how far we’ve come in chiropractic education, as I am.”

Chief Development Officer Drew Boster, who led his staff’s efforts in the detail-oriented grant application process, said of the award: “Receiving this grant became a reality due in large part to the increased participation in annual giving to the College by our generous alumni, friends, faculty and staff.”

After reaching the first stage of the application review process earlier this year, the Development Office hosted fundraising events on all three Palmer campuses, increasing the average employee participation rate to over 40 percent.

“This is a tremendous moment for Palmer College,” added Palmer’s Chief Executive Officer Larry Patten. “This award affirms our position as a strong institution within the chiropractic profession, and it supports our efforts to provide our students the highestquality chiropractic education.”

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