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Pictured are L to R Greg Adams, Mike Makley, Jim Hollman, Kevin Harlan, Bill Ruane, Dan Burke, and Zach Ferrall. (members of the RPA and School Administration with Grand Lake Health System CEO Kevin Harlan.)

(4-25-19) St. Marys, Ohio – In what may be the most substantial private donation ever pledged to the St. Marys City Schools, Grand Lake Health System, one of the largest employers in our community, has agreed to pledge $300,000 to the Roughrider Philanthropic Association’s Athletic Complex Project. This generous gift will secure major naming rights; effective immediately the field at the Athletic Complex will be known as “Grand Lake Health System Field” with the opportunity to renew this name after 10 years. Additionally, starting in 2020, the gymnasium at the high school will be known as “Grand Lake Health System Gymnasium”, also for a 10 year period.

One of our area’s most cherished local resources, the Grand Lake Health System was established in 1953 as a joint venture by community leaders to build and establish a medical center for the people of St. Marys, Noble, German, and Jackson Townships. Today, the hospital has grown to include over 800 medical professionals, 150 physicians, 12 affiliates and 10 Centers of Excellence, and the health system remains committed to providing exceptional quality medical care.

Kevin Harlan, Grand Lake Health President and CEO

“Grand Lake Health System strives to provide opportunity and access to high-quality healthcare in the Grand Lake region. We hope that our commitment to health and wellness provides peace of mind and a better quality of life to our community. We also know that in our community our local students and their athletic endeavors are a crucial part of the quality of life and general wellness. When we were approached by the RPA and saw the progress and plans for the project, we knew it aligned very well in our vision. We are proud to be a part of it.”

With the pledge, the RPA continues to close the gap towards its 3 million dollar goal in this phase of the Athletic Complex project. While many naming opportunities have been secured, some still remain, including the name of the complex/stadium as a whole. Any individual or business interested in pledging their support should act soon. Pledges are tax deductible and able to be paid over 5 years.

Bill Ruane, Superintendent

“I’ve said before that our athletic facilities act like a front porch for our community. “When visitors come to our community and see ‘Grand Lake Health System’ on our field and in our gym, we should be proud that our front porch features an employer that epitomizes service to others. On behalf of the St. Marys City Schools I thank them for their substantial donation”.