BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

September 8, 2008
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BGSU Athletics Director Greg Christopher (left) and President Carol Cartwright (right) thank Allen and Carol Schmidthorst for their $1.7 million gift for the planned Stroh Center. The gift will fund the Schmidthorst Pavilion, the team and practice area in the convocation center.

BGSU Athletics Director Greg Christopher (left) and President Carol Cartwright (right) thank Allen and Carol Schmidthorst for their $1.7 million gift for the planned Stroh Center. The gift will fund the Schmidthorst Pavilion, the team and practice area in the convocation center.

Lima couple thanks BGSU with gift for Stroh Center

For more than 50 years, Allen Schmidthorst has been quietly sitting in the stands enjoying BGSU basketball. During Friday night’s (Sept. 5) “Dinner at The Doyt” Falcon Club event, Schmidthorst offered his thanks for decades of entertainment by presenting a $1.7 million gift for the future home of Falcon hoops.

His gift will fund the Schmidthorst Pavilion, which will house the team and practice area at the Stroh Center—the $36 million convocation center currently in the planning stages. Of the building’s total estimated cost, the University will raise at least $14 million in private funds, such as the Schmidthorst gift.

Schmidthorst is a hotel, restaurant and real estate management entrepreneur from Lima. The former BGSU student is such a devout Falcon basketball fan that when he heard about the Stroh Center project, he knew that was where he wanted to make a difference.

“I’ve been following BGSU basketball for decades. (My wife) Carol and I are excited to be a part of the Stroh Center, especially knowing the impact it will have on our teams and the entire University,” Schmidthorst said.
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