Campaign North Park Builds Regional Support

“The one word that now best describes Campaign North Park is momentum,” President David L. Parkyn told guests at a special CNP regional reception on September 18. Support and enthusiasm for the multi-faceted $57 million Campaign continues to grow, he said, because the University is on a strong trajectory with such achievements as record-setting fall enrollment and exceptional academic programs that educate and prepare North Park students.

The centerpiece goal of Campaign North Park is the construction of the $42 million Science and Community Life Building, for which nearly $31 million has been raised, he said. The Campaign also seeks to raise funds for University’s Annual Fund, student scholarships, and support for Chicago-based academic programs and faculty development. “This is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our school’s history, and we’re well on our way to succeeding with each of the campaign goals,” Parkyn said.

Current North Park trustee Nancy Nyberg and former trustee Ron Nyberg hosted the September event at their Naperville home. They welcomed 25 alumni and supporters from west suburban Illinois including current trustee Bonnie and Brad Pihl, former trustee Lois Brorson and former board chair, Stan and Evie Helwig.

“We are excited to personally share the importance of Campaign North Park directly with alumni, friends, and other supporters across the country,” said Mary Surridge, the University’s vice president for development and alumni relations. “In joining us or in personally hosting Campaign events, our trustees are vital ambassadors to help us connect to the critical support we need to achieve our goals.”

Other regional events around the country included a recent special reception hosted by former trustee James Blair and Donna Blair in Parker, Colorado.

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