Flood Relief Fund Established to Raise $2M

Flood under bridge

CHICAGO, IL (November 5, 2008) – Nearly two months after record-breaking rainfall drenched Chicago, overflowing the North Branch of the Chicago River and flooding area neighborhoods, life may appear to be almost back to normal in the city’s hardest hit communities, as well as on the campus of North Park University.

But although students have long returned to their dorms, and classes and foodservice have resumed in the University’s Magnuson Campus Center, water damage to the mechanical systems housed in that facility continues to hamper operations. While the building remains functional, it will require an additional $2 million to restore it to pre-flood conditions.

“The challenge is obvious,” says Executive Vice President Carl Balsam of the recovery work, which includes updating various pieces of equipment, such as elevators and electrical and ventilation systems.

The North Park Flood Relief Fund has been established to provide a means for interested individuals to help the University through this time of financial need. Those desiring to make a donation can make checks payable to North Park University and mail them to: North Park University, 3225 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60625. Those who wish to make an online contribution may do so by visiting the University’s online donation page. Please be sure to designate all checks and online gifts to North Park Flood Relief.