CSC Foundation receives historic gift

Chadron State Foundation, the endowment arm of Chadron State College, has received the largest single gift in its history...$2.6-million dollars...from trust set up by rancher, businessman, and philanthropist Vern Chicoine, who died in February 2003 at age 89.

In honor of the gift, the school will, with the approval of the Nebraska State College Board of Trustees, name the school's new gymnasium now under construction the Vern Chicoine Events Center. Although the Foundation received the bulk of the Trust, many other entities also shared in it.

Foundation executive director Connie Rasmussen says because of how much Chicoine loved the college and the entire region.

Chicoine had given some $800,000 in specific gifts to the college including the donation of his house across from the campus as the President's Home and key funding for the Con Marshall Press Box at Elliott FIeld-Don Beebe Stadium and the Sandoz Center's Vern and Madge Fortune Chicoine Atrium.

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