Friday, February 15, 2008

Belmont sends $100,000 check to Union for recovery efforts

Belmont University has given a $100,000 gift to Union University for disaster relief assistance following a Feb. 5 tornado that caused an estimated $40 million in damage to the Union campus.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of Belmont President Robert Fisher and the Belmont board of trustees for helping us in this way during our time of need,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “We continue to give thanks to God for the outpouring of support from our friends at places like Belmont.”

Fisher sent the check to Dockery Feb. 14, along with a personal letter.

“Please accept the enclosed check as an expression of care and concern from Belmont University students to Union University students during this time of incredible challenge,” Fisher wrote.

“Belmont faculty, staff, students and trustees are continuing to seek opportunities to show their support for Union, and as funds from these efforts are available they will be forwarded,” he continued. “However, we know that there are urgent needs and did not want to delay sending this gift.

“Please know that your students, faculty and staff remain in our prayers.”

Union students will return to class Feb. 20 after a two-week absence. The Feb. 5 tornado resulted in the demolition of two housing complexes at Union, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the student housing units on campus.