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Fall 2001 Newsletter

Perkins-Prothro Foundation Puts Ransom Center Capital Campaign Over the Top: June Gift of $1.5 million Boosts Construction Total to $8 million

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, Ransom Center, 1998.

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro,
Ransom Center, 1998.

Charles Prothro, Ransom Center, 1998.

Charles Prothro,
Ransom Center, 1998.

The Perkins-Prothro Foundation, based in Wichita Falls, recently contributed an additional $1.5 million toward the Ransom Center's reconstruction project in memory of Charles Nelson Prothro, who died in March. With this gift, the Ransom Center exceeded its $24 million fundraising goal for its capital campaign and moved within $1.4 million of attaining its overall $9.4 million goal for the reconstruction project.

When the decision was first made to renovate the Ransom Center, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation provided the cornerstone gift that became a magnet for other donors. In December 1996, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, led by Charles Prothro, pledged $1,250,000 for the creation of a new main gallery. In 1997, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation again showed its unwavering support of the Ransom Center by pledging $500,000 toward completion of a new photography gallery and $750,000 toward the completion of the new theater. These combined gifts total over $2.5 million dollars.

Clearly, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation is no stranger when it comes to supporting Ransom Center initiatives. In December 1993, Charles Prothro began working with Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley to establish the Prothro Endowment in Photography to honor his wife Elizabeth, an endowment that has grown close'to $1 million in value. The support and friendship of the Prothro family and of the Perkins-Prothro Foundation have been essential to the success of our efforts to create new public spaces and strengthen our institutional capacity. Private support of this caliber is setting the stage for the Ransom Center to galvanize public awareness and support for its programs. Because of the'philanthropic spirit and goodwill that guided Charles Prothro and that continues to permeate the Perkins-Prothro Foundation today, the Ransom Center will be able to provide access to a greatly expanded program of lectures, exhibitions, performances, readings, and films relating to the humanities in its renovated space. The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Photography Gallery and the Charles Nelson Prothro Theater will stand as a testament to the commitment the Prothros have shown to the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin.

— Tom Galyean, Development Coordinator

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