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O’Reilly Family Event Center topped off with a major gift

For Immediate Release: September 26

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 26, 2009 — The O’Reilly Family Event Center was topped off today when the final roof beam for the $13.5 million arena was put into place. Many Drury students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors had signed the roof beam before a crane hoisted it skyward.


After the beam was placed, Drury President Todd Parnell announced that Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company donated $300 thousand to the arena and will be the exclusive beverage provider for the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Complete photo gallery: Final roof beam installation

“Drury is proud of its long relationship with Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company and that it recognizes the excellence of the O’Reilly Family Event Center. We’re pleased to partner with them to provide quality products in our new LEED Gold facility,” Parnell said. “The event center is on time and on budget and construction is scheduled to be done a year from now.”


Ground broke on the O’Reilly Family Event Center on May 16, 2009. In Dec. of 2007, the O’Reilly family of Springfield donated $6 million to jump start fundraising for the arena. The event center is being built to Gold LEED specifications thanks to a $600 thousand gift from the Pitt family of Springfield.


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