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.