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Bratton, Light Gifts Benefit KCAC and Fairman Centre

Two recent gifts to the university will benefit the region’s economy.

A $1-million commitment from Indiana resident Ed Bratton will move IUP and the community closer to achieving the campaign goal for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, while a $50,000 gift from Elaine Light, a longtime Punxsutawney resident who now lives in Pittsburgh, will benefit the Fairman Centre.

Construction recently started on the Kovalchick Complex, located along Wayne Avenue in Indiana. It is expected to be a stimulant for the region’s economy (see story in this issue). The Fairman Centre, scheduled to open this fall, will provide expanded classroom and kitchen areas for the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, suite-style housing for twenty-one culinary students, and prime retail space available for lease. This refurbished historical building in downtown Punxsutawney, also available for community and regional use, will be an asset to both the community and the university.

Gifts by Bratton and Light were recognized with resolutions during recent IUP Council of Trustees activities.

Bratton, a longtime resident of Indiana, is the owner of Giant Eagle in Indiana and has had interests in other grocery store operations. He is well known in the community for his commitment to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Indiana, Foundation for IUP, Indiana YMCA, IUP Athletics, Red Cross, United Way of Indiana County, and numerous other organizations.

In honor of Light’s gift, the library in the Fairman Centre will be named the Samuel L. and Elaine K. Light Culinary Library. Light has been involved in projects that made Punxsutawney the community it is today, serving as president of the Punxsutawney College Trust and assuming a leading role in establishing the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. She currently is a member of the academy’s advisory board.

“These two gifts from individuals who are civic leaders in their respective areas speak volumes. Both gifts serve to remind us how IUP is connected to the communities that we serve,” Robert Davies, vice president for University Relations and executive director of the Foundation for IUP, said. “Ed’s gift, in particular, continues the momentum we have in the KCAC, and Elaine’s furthers our efforts with the Fairman Centre in Punxsutawney. Both complexes represent economic revitalization as well as the extension of IUP services.”