The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 29, 2013

Skubitz Foundation gives $50,000 to PSU’s Center for the Arts

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A foundation named for two longtime Pittsburg residents has given a $50,000 donation to the Pittsburg State University Center for the Arts fundraising campaign.

Kathleen Flannery, director of the Office of University Development, said BMO Financial Group, a division of BMO Harris Bank, selected the project as the Leon V. & Dorothy M. Skubitz Foundation 2012 grant recipient.

“This is another example of a community-based organization supporting Pittsburg State University and specifically the Center for the Arts,” Flannery said. “The Skubitz Foundation has done so many wonderful projects, we’re grateful they have chosen this one this year to support.”

The couple, both longtime Pittsburg residents, left their estate in trust with BMO Harris Bank to create a foundation that would award annual grants to be used exclusively for charitable purposes, with strong preference given to Crawford County, Kan.

The gift will go toward the Center for the Arts, projected to cost $32 million to $33 million. It is now under construction on the northeast corner of Homer and Ford streets.

Flannery said that in return, the northwest entrance to the center will be named for the couple.

“We want to honor the legacy of Leon and Dorothy Skubitz and this will be one way future generations can acknowledge the gift they have given to our community,” Flannery said.

Flannery said she still is actively raising funds. A seat campaign will soon begin, whereby for $500 to $1,000, donors can request their names or the name of someone they want to honor be placed on the back of a seat in the center’s auditorium.

Skubitz Foundation

Since its inception, the Skubitz Foundation has distributed $259,025. Past grant recipients include the Mount Carmel Foundation, Fort Scott Community College Endowment Association and the city of Pittsburg.