Ogletree House campaign receives 425K in new donations

The campaign to restore and expand the home of the Southern Miss Alumni Association is winding down to a successful conclusion.  Today, campaign officials announced that an additional $425,000 has been raised from three families to improve the Ogletree House.

That brings the total to $2.65 million, or 88% of the goal of $3 million.  The new contributors were honored at an event at the Ogletree House this morning.

"The plan is to completely restore this 95-year-old structure and increase the size to about 12,000 square feet," said Lou Ann Poynter, co-chair of the fundraising campaign that was announced in 2005 just a month before Hurricane Katrina struck.  "That will give us space for additional offices, rest rooms, an up-to-date kitchen and also a state-of-the-art multi-media room," Poynter said.  The campaign contributors honored today were the Gene Carlisle, Max Draughn and Jon Thornton families.

Poynter hopes the campaign will conclude by the end of the summer and says construction should begin next January.