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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) recently received a generous $1.4 million donation from local entrepreneur and philanthropist L. Gale Lemerand. The donation will be used to renovate two buildings on campus that will be known as the L. Gale Lemerand Academic Multiplex and the L. Gale Lemerand Football Complex.

“Mr. Lemerand’s generosity and commitment to furthering education in the state of Florida can’t be overstated,” said Dr. William Berry, provost and acting president of B-CU. “He has been a friend of the university for many years now, and we are incredibly thankful for his kindness and investment in ensuring our students have access to the best facilities possible.”

Lemerand serves as CEO of Stonewood Holdings, the parent company for the Stonewood Grill & Tavern and Peach Valley Café chains, which he majority owns. He previously donated funds to help construct the L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing at B-CU, which opened in 2007.

”The entire B-CU community appreciates the support of Mr. L. Gale Lemerand,” said Belvin Perry, Jr., Chair of the B-CU Board of Trustees. “This transformative gift will benefit current and future students and is a testament to the enduring values and legacy of our Founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.”

The L. Gale Lemerand Multiplex and L. Gale Lemerand Football Complex will be used for academic support, meeting and office space, recruiting, athletic locker rooms and other similar purposes to support student athletes.

Those interested in donating to Bethune-Cookman University can visit http://Cookman.edu/Donate.

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About Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU)
Now in its 120th year, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a historically-Black university in Daytona Beach, Fla., founded by civil and human rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904 as the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. With deep roots in the history of America, B-CU is a United Methodist-related, private institution largely focused on liberal arts programs to meet students’ diverse educational, social and cultural needs. The university is home to the nation’s #2 HBCU Nursing Program, a world-renowned marching band known as “The Pride,” and is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
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