LITTLE ROCK - The fourth annual SpectacUALR established a new record for giving by generating over $200,000 in support of Trojan student-athletes, making it the University's largest recurring fundraiser. A crowd of over 600 people attended the event at the Jack Stephens Center last Thursday as UALR honored longtime supporter Jack Kinnaman.
Sponsorship dollars were up nearly 30 percent from the 2011 event, which previously set the standard as the highest total prior to this year's SpectacUALR. The success of this year's event was made possible in large part to the efforts of the SpectacUALR committee, led by co-chairs Jane Yocum, Andrea Peel and Christina Clark.
"We couldn't be happier with the way this year's event turned out, and a lot of the credit goes to the tireless effort of our co-chairs and the generosity of our sponsors," said UALR Director of Athletic Development Andrea Angel. "We managed to raise the bar this year by topping two-hundred thousand dollars, and we are very thankful to the many people who made this year's event such a success."
A 2004 inductee into the UALR Athletics Hall of Fame, Kinnaman is one of the university's most substantial supporters over the past quarter century. His contributions to the department are highlighted by numerous renovations and additions to the UALR baseball facilities. Most notably, Kinnaman's work includes the construction of the Trojans' indoor practice facility and Wheeler Complex, which houses the player clubhouse, meeting room, umpire locker rooms and coaching suite at Gary Hogan Field.
Kinnaman was also instrumental in starting the construction management program at UALR. In support of the program, he has funded the Jack Kinnaman Constructor Endowed Scholarship and the Phyllis Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship in memory of his first wife.