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Perkins Foundation Provides $500,000 to Legendary Coaches Campaign

 A $500,000 gift from the Kitty M. Perkins Foundation has boosted Doane College to the halfway mark in its Legendary Coaches Campaign.

The $5.7 million Legendary Coaches Campaign honors Fred Beile, longtime track and cross country coach; Al Papik, former football and track coach and athletic director; and the late Bob Erickson, longtime basketball coach and athletic director. The three legendary coaches designed Doane's Fuhrer Field House in 1969 and defined Tiger athletics for decades.

The campaign is the centerpiece of a plan to create an athletic and fitness experience fitting of Doane students and the college's mission. The Legendary Coaches Campaign will renovate and expand Fuhrer Field House, make improvements to Memorial Stadium and complete fundraising for the newly constructed George & Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center.

According to Jerry Wood, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Perkins gift is a difference maker in the campaign.


"Doane College is thrilled the Kitty Perkins Foundation has made a $500,000 lead gift to our Legendary Coaches Campaign.  This gift increases opportunities for our athletes today and in the future, especially the expanded 200-meter indoor track.  It also increases our capacity as we continue to serve the Crete community and the surrounding region. "

The Kitty M. Perkins Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established by Kitty M. Perkins, a native of southwest Nebraska, who, along with her husband, Edwin E. Perkins, was instrumental in the creation and success of the Kool-Aid soft drink. The Foundation has a history of giving to health, education and civic related projects, mainly in Nebraska.