HAMMOND | Five “lead corporate donors” are being recognized by Purdue University Calumet for support of a planned athletic complex at Dowling Park.
Groundbreaking for the joint city-university project in the Hessville section of Hammond took place Monday.
Wes Lukoshus, assistant to chancellor Thomas Keon, said Tuesday the five donors “play a pretty big part in the project.”
The five major donors include Fifth Third Bank, Albert’s Jewelers, Community Hospital, PepsiCo and The Times Media Co. Together they have pledged $500,000.
“This is a pretty unique concept,” Lukoshus said, “The contributions are very important.”
”The entire Halpren family is excited and honored to be a part of the beginning of what we know will be an incredibly beneficial addition to Purdue Calumet and our entire community," said Josh Halpern, president and owner of Albert’s Diamond Jewelers.
The $6 million project will be home to Purdue Calumet baseball, softball, soccer and tennis. Synthetic turf, a rarity outside of Northwest Indiana football fields, will be used. The first phase is to be completed by August for the 2014-15 season.
“The Times is proud to support this unique partnership between Purdue Calumet and the City of Hammond," said Chris White, publisher of The Times. “It is a testimony of how varying parts of our government can work together for the good of all.”