OLDS, AB, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Calgary area businessman and rancher J.
C. (Jack) Anderson will be donating the proceeds from the sale of his
collection of 100 vintage cars and trucks to Olds College during its
2013 Centennial year.
Planning for the "100 Cars and Trucks For Our 100th Year" auction is underway. Mr. Anderson's prized collection will be auctioned
off in a very public and celebratory auction that will be a cornerstone
event of the Olds College Centennial year.
Olds College President Dr. Tom Thompson captures the college's
gratitude. "Jack has, again, given us a remarkably incredible gift.
It's not just the seven figure cash donation that will flow from the
auction, but the auction itself has amazing potential to shine an
enormous spotlight on our college as we celebrate 100 years of
education excellence. We are beyond grateful."
Mr. Anderson will allow the College to decide how to best use the
proceeds from the vehicles auction, but it is likely that the College's
next capital building campaign and the year-long Centennial celebration
will be beneficiaries. The Centennial year will actively engage the
college's alumni, industry stakeholders, donors, the community, the
province and international guests. Mr. Anderson gifted Olds College $1
million in 2007, without restrictions on its use. The vintage vehicles
donation is made with similar freedom of discretion by the College and
its Board of Governors.
Olds College Vice-President, Advancement Jordan Cleland was profoundly
moved by this second Anderson gift. "The word 'transformational' is
often used in the world of philanthropy; perhaps so much so that its
descriptive impact has been reduced. Let me say, then, that Jack's
gift, and his cumulative impact are of the lump-in-my-throat,
eye-moistening, lip-quivering variety. I'll remember that moment in
Jack's living room where he first made this gesture, with his two black
Labradors jumping all over me, as long as I live."
For more information on Olds College, please visit www.oldscollege.ca or call 1-800-661-6537.
1-800-661-6537, (403) 507-7717
About Olds College:
Founded in 1913, Olds College's vision is to be the premier Canadian
integrated learning and applied research community specializing in
agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Located
45 minutes north of Calgary, Olds College prepares students to
contribute provincially, nationally and internationally through careers
in agriculture, horticulture, environmental land management,
agribusiness, and rural entrepreneurship. Olds College provides
certificate, diploma and applied degree programs, and participates with
other institutions in offering post-diploma degrees. Olds College is
further dedicated to nurturing innovation, learning, applied research
and commercialization for agribusiness through the School of
Innovation. 2013 marks the College's Centennial Anniversary, closely
following notable recent accomplishments including the opening of the
Shirley McClellan Riding Arena and the launch of the Canadian Institute
for Rural Entrepreneurship.
SOURCE Olds College
For further information:
Jordan Cleland, Vice President Advancement
(403) 507-7707 (403) 559-6779
Kelsey Aman, Communications Coordinator
(403) 507-7717 (403) 808-9682