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Release: Immediate

Largest-ever gift benefits Iowa Women's Softball

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A gift of $150,000 from the George H. Scanlon Foundation to the Grand Stand Campaign for Iowa Women's Softball will help upgrade the intercollegiate diamond at the University of Iowa Softball Complex.

The contribution is the largest ever received by UI Women's Athletics, according to the University of Iowa Foundation.

The gift was made through the George H. Scanlon Foundation by the children of James P. and Jennifer C. Scanlon in memory of their mother, who died in 1996. The intercollegiate field will be named the Jennifer Scanlon Field.

Jennifer and James Scanlon, who died in 1988, were both UI graduates and had four children: Jane Scanlon of Chicago; Patrick Scanlon of Los Angeles; Clarke Scanlon of Urbandale, Iowa; and Marcia Scanlon of Los Angeles.

Jennifer Scanlon was a dedicated Hawkeye fan and UI Foundation supporter. She served as co-chair of the National Steering Committee of the Hawkeye Horizons Campaign to benefit UI Athletics and contributed generously to UI Men's and Women's Athletics, Hancher Auditorium, medical research, and other UI programs.

The Team Meeting Room Complex in the UI Jacobson Athletic Building was named in memory of James Scanlon through a gift made in 1995 by the George H. Scanlon Foundation.

Speaking on behalf of his siblings, Clarke Scanlon said, "Our mother was one of the first contributors to the UI Women's Athletics program. We're happy to be able to make this gift to the Grand Stand Campaign that carries on our mother's interests and the commitment of the George H. Scanlon Foundation to helping others."

Clarke Scanlon is president of the Foundation established by his grandparents, Dr. George and Beatrice Scanlon, both UI graduates, and administered by his parents until their deaths.UI Softball Head Coach Gayle Blevins said, "We greatly appreciate the Scanlon family's generosity. Their contribution dramatically furthers our efforts to bring much-needed improvements to the intercollegiate diamond. We look forward to naming the field in Jennifer Scanlon's memory at the Grand Stand Campaign dedication events next spring."

The Grand Stand Campaign, launched in 1997 to upgrade the intercollegiate complex, has a goal of $1 million.

The first phase of improvements was completed earlier this year and recognized at a "Turn on the Lights" celebration in April. These upgrades included a generous gift in kind of outdoor lighting from Musco Lighting of Muscatine.

In addition to supporting the UI, the George H. Scanlon Foundation has made generous gifts benefiting communities in Iowa and other states. Last fall the Scanlon family committed $100,000 to help build a $1.5 million gymnasium addition to Mercer Park Aquatics Center in Iowa City. The gym will be named after James Scanlon.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the channel for private contributions from foundations, alumni, friends and businesses to all areas of the University of Iowa for facilities improvements, scholarships and other forms of support.