TV Journalist Geraldo Rivera Funds Greek Heritage Park
The space will host chapter and community events under the banner "All Are Welcome" and be dedicated Oct. 23 as part of UA homecoming festivities.
To commemorate the heritage and collective achievements of Greek Life at the University of Arizona over the past century, noted journalist Geraldo Rivera and his wife, Erica, have donated $500,000 for the construction of the Greek Heritage Park.
The park, to be constructed near First Street and Cherry Avenue in Tucson, will serve as a functional center in the heart of the Greek Village for chapter and community events, fund development and donor recognition. The space will honor more than 50,000 UA Greek alumni and the 90 organizations that have been a part of the UA Greek community since 1915.
"It really is something that I find tremendous pride in honoring, in remembering and now in helping to perpetuate that century-long tradition of Greek life at the University of Arizona," said Rivera, a member of the Class of 1965, a Tau Delta Phi member and 2015 recipient of the Order of Omega Greek Hall of Fame Award. (Rivera and other UA Greek alumni spoke about their time at the UA in this video).
An avid philanthropist, Rivera raises millions of dollars to aid various causes, including education and the care and treatment of people with autism.
Rivera has touted the park as a welcoming space for the entire community, not just Greek students. In that spirit, the first column and arch structure at the entrance of the park will bear the words "All Are Welcome." Groundbreaking for the park will take place during homecoming weekend, on Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m.
The UA Greek Heritage Park is part of an overall Greek Centennial Campaign to celebrate 100 years of an extraordinary student experience, engage alumni in UA Greek life, and create an alumni reunion event that strengthens pride in Greek life and the UA.
"Greek community members have contributed a tremendous amount to the traditions and history of our campus and I look forward to their leadership and engagement at the UA for years to come," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart.
Johanne Ives, UA assistant dean of students and director for fraternity and sorority programs, said the Greek Centennial Campaign supports the development of the Greek Heritage Park and will provide programmatic assistance to Greek students in the areas of academic success, career development, health and wellness, and leadership development.
"Our UA Greek alumni have been so committed to giving back so that students today and in the future can have the same experiences, educational resources and opportunities," Ives said. "We could not be more grateful for the outpouring of support."
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