PEPPER PIKE -- A local women's college received a $1 million donation to help rebuild its athletic center after it was heavily damaged by a tornado back in July.

The EF-1 tornado destroyed much of the gym at Ursuline College and uprooted dozens of trees as it plowed a path of destruction through the campus. Other campus buildings, including the library and science center, also suffered damage during the July 20 storm.

A rebuilding campaign was started to help fund a new athletic facility. The new facility is designed to meet standards required for the college's newly attained NCAA Division II sports status.

The million dollar donor has covered 20 percent of the campaign's $5 million goal. Money that is raised will be combined with money received from insurance settlements.

"We are grateful for this generous donation that will make a significant impact on the future of Ursuline College," said Sister Diana Stano, Ursuline College President.

"This has been a challenging year for the College, especially for our student athletes. I hope this gift will be the catalyst for additional support from generous donors."

The campaign is headed by a committee of Ursuline alumnae and area business leaders.

For more information about the school's effort to rebuild, visit

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