The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


February 7, 2007

Lenoir-Rhyne receives $5.1 million gift

John and Marilyn Moretz have given Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., $5.1 million, the largest gift in the college’s history. Announced Feb. 6, it is given to the college through the Piedmont Educational Foundation. The donation will create the Moretz Sports Center, a venue that will be used by numerous varsity sports and will benefit all of the college’s students.

It also creates the Steven Harris Moretz Scholarship for nursing students, the largest nursing scholarship gift ever received by the college. This scholarship is given in memory of their son Steven Harris Moretz.

“This gift from John and Marilyn Moretz will have a lasting impact on Lenoir-Rhyne students and this community,” said Wayne Powell, president of the college. “We are indebted to them for partnering with us to ensure that our students have the finest educational experience anywhere.”

The Moretz family has a long association with Lenoir-Rhyne College, dating to its earliest history. In all, a total of 17 family members are counted among L-R alumni. John Moretz, CEO of GoldToe Moretz, is a 1972 graduate of the college and his wife, Marilyn, graduated in 1973. A former member of the school’s Bears Football Team, John has been a lifelong supporter of Lenoir-Rhyne College and its athletic programs. He is currently on the Executive Board of the Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club, which provides support to Lenoir-Rhyne’s athletic programs.

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