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Ribbon cutting & Aretha Franklin concert mark the grand opening of the O’Reilly Family Event Center

For Immediate Release: October 21

Myra Miller
O’Reilly Family Event Center Director
Office: (417) 873-6381
Mobile: (417) 849-0155

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Oct. 21, 2010— A grand opening ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony will mark the completion of the new O’Reilly Family Event center on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the O’Reilly Family Event Center lobby with members of the O’Reilly family, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews all scheduled to speak.

That evening, the Event Center will host the grand opening finale concert with Grammy Award-winning artist Aretha Franklin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at, by calling (417) 873-6389 or at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office.

Drury University broke ground on the O’Reilly Family Event Center in May 2009. Fundraising for the 3,100-seat event center began in December of 2007 with a $6 million naming gift from the O’Reilly family of Springfield. The event center was also built to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications thanks to a $600,000 gift from the Pitt family of Springfield. LEED certification means the building will meet certain environmental standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. 


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