Due to inclement weather, UVa-Wise will operate on a 90-minute delay (snow schedule) on Thursday, March  5.For information on the adjusted schedule, please view our inclement weather policy.

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation supports UVa-Wise with challenge grant

The directors of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation have approved a challenge grant of $100,000 to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise for capital needs in its new Health and Wellness Center.

A gift from Richard and Leslie Gilliam will fund the construction of the Health and Wellness Center, and the challenge grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation will provide the college with the opportunity to secure additional private funds to outfit the facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

“I am delighted that the directors of The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation have issued this challenge grant to the College,” said Tami Ely, Vice Chancellor for Development and College Relations.  “Creation of this new center not only exemplifies the College’s commitment to a liberal arts education, but reflects a deep commitment to a healthy citizenry in southwestern Virginia.”

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation was founded in Richmond in 1988 by Mrs. Mary Morton Parsons as a private, non-operating foundation to support the capital needs of charitable organizations.  To date, the foundation has awarded approximately $73 million to qualified grantees.

The terms of the challenge grant stipulate that the college must raise the required $100,000 match prior to May 2013.

Private funds raised through this challenge will assist with the purchase of such equipment as adaptive motion trainers, ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, climbers, stretch trainers, rowers, strength equipment and benches and racks.

For more information, contact Kathy Still, Director of News & Media Relations, at (276) 376-1027.