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January 2008

Release Date: January 17, 2008

Reception to Honor LeGrands for $1 Million Gift to ASU Athletics

Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand, who earlier this week announced a $1 million donation to support the Angelo State University Athletic Department, will be honored during a reception between ’Belle and Ram basketball games Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Immediately following the women’s game with Abilene Christian University at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the LeGrands will be recognized at half court of Stephens Arena. The donors will be joined on court by university officials and athletes from every ASU-sponsored NCAA sport for public acknowledgement of their gift.

After the on-court recognition, the LeGrands will be honored with a reception in the Champions Lounge in the Athletic Department Office on the second floor of the Junell Center. The reception is open to the public with a paid admission to the basketball games.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to thank the LeGrands for this gift and all they do for ASU. This gift will have a tremendous impact on our athletic programs and is a testament to the generous support provided by our alumni and friends in the San Angelo community.”

On Monday the ASU announced the $1 million gift, to be paid out over the next five years, to establish the Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand Endowment for ASU Athletics. Revenues from the permanent endowment will support ASU athletics, including scholarships, equipment and other needs as determined by the athletic director.

The LeGrands have been long-time supporters of ASU. Previously, they established a $1 million endowment to provide academic scholarships to graduates of high schools in 77 different West Texas communities where residents had been patients of Dr. LeGrand, a San Angelo neurosurgeon. In 2002 the LeGrands also donated $500,000 to the ASU Alumni Association to conclude the fundraising campaign for the alumni center which today carries their names.