Cameron University President Cindy Ross accepted a $100,000 contribution from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma during a special reception held at Cameron’s McMahon Centennial Complex earlier today. The gift was presented by Glenn Almy, Grand Master, and will be used to support Cameron’s Lectures and Concerts Series, which is supported by student fees. The donation will allow for expansion of the series at no additional cost to Cameron students. Events sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Series are open to the public, free of charge.
“We are indeed grateful to the Masonic Fraternity for this generous gift,” says Ross. “Student learning remains our number one priority at Cameron, and the Lectures and Concerts Series plays a vital role in bringing co-curricular activities and enhanced learning opportunities to our students.”
The donation will support planning, implementation and promotional costs for events on campus with priority given to events of historical, social sciences, economic or civic nature. An increased number of events and presenters of regional or national stature will promote student learning opportunities, improve civic engagement, and foster life-long learning skills for Cameron students.
“Beginning in 2008, the Masons have been making direct endowed gifts to Oklahoma’s institutions of higher learning. Cameron University is the 11th university to receive such a grant, and this check for $100,000 will bring the total given so far to $1,500,000,” says Grand Master Almy.
The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma is the primary charitable and educational organization of Oklahoma Freemasonry. Oklahoma has more than 227 Masonic Lodges and more than 25,000 members. In 2009, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation of the Year by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a 2010 Beacon Award winner in the Non Profits Helping Non Profits category.