$2 Million Pledge to Help Millikin University's Center for Theatre and Dance

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Decatur - Efforts to create a Center for Theatre and Dance on Millikin University's campus received a big boost with a $2 million donation. 

 Julius W. Hegeler II, a 1950 Millikin graduate. Hegeler, who lives in Danville, Ill., made the $2 million pledge. Hegeler is also a trustee emeritus for the university.

Plans to create a dedicated Center for Theatre and Dance to house the signature Millikin program were announced in May 2010, and to date, $11.2 million has been committed to the project by alumni, friends, corporations and charitable foundations. 

Fundraising continues for the new facility, which would give a much-needed centralized home to Millikin's nationally recognized undergraduate theatre and dance program. 

This highly selective program, which currently enrolls more than 200 students across six degree programs, recruits talent from all over the country and increasingly from abroad.

The department stages more than 50 performances annually, including musicals, plays, operas, children's theatre and dance concerts, as well as productions through its student-run theatre company, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre.

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