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UCO Receives $2.5 Million from MidFirst Bank; Completes Funding for New Boathouse on Oklahoma River

Jan. 14, 2013

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2103,


imageConstruction on the CHK|Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River will move forward thanks to a $2.5 million gift from MidFirst Bank to the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.

The gift, $2 million of which will go directly to the boathouse, completes the university’s fundraising initiative for the project.

The CHK|Central Boathouse will serve as home to the Central Women’s Rowing team, and will also include a live music venue, outdoor performance area and an art gallery, establishing it as a unique presence “where art meets the river” in the growing Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River.

In recognition of their support, the live music venues, including indoor and outdoor performance areas, will be named for MidFirst Bank.

“Through this appreciated investment, our friends at MidFirst Bank have partnered with us to achieve this university goal.  Our presence on the river will contribute to the thriving Boathouse district, offering athletes a place to train and the community and visitors a new venue to experience the arts,” said Central President Don Betz.

MidFirst Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Records added, “Like the university, we too appreciate the vision behind the Boathouse District.  It is already creating economic and community impact, quickly becoming a beacon for athletes from around the world and a destination for visitors to the region.  The completion of the CHK|Central Boathouse will further enhance the district and provide a gathering place where everyone can experience the arts.  We are pleased to be a part of this monumental development in Oklahoma City.”

Furthermore, MidFirst has donated an additional $500,000 to endow a faculty chair and assist with the university’s efforts to renovate its landmark building, Old North.  A portion of Old North will focus on leadership advancement and will carry MidFirst’s name.

“We appreciate the university’s gesture; inspiring and developing strong leaders generates long lasting impact and we are proud to be associated with such an initiative,” Records said.

The gift also advances the university’s “Always Central” comprehensive fundraising campaign, moving it closer to the $40 million overall goal. The university publicly announced the campaign in September with more than three-fourths of the funds raised to support the five pillars of the campaign: students, teaching, facilities, programs and planned giving.

“We are so thankful to MidFirst Bank for this generous gift and for partnering with us as we continue to advance the opportunities available to not only our current and future students, but also the Oklahoma metropolitan area through the ‘Always Central’ campaign,” said Anne Holzberlein, vice president for Development at UCO and executive director of the UCO Foundation.

For more information on supporting the “Always Central” campaign or other efforts at the university, contact the UCO Foundation at 405-974-2770 or visit


Editor’s Note: Art for publication may be downloaded at Conceptual architectural images provided by Elliot + Associates Architects.