Before the project went public, several devoted alumni stepped up to pledge financial support for the center. Sarah Moore Stern was one of them. In honor of her parents, Stern and her husband, Bob, have generously become sponsors of the Jere and Kay Moore Fitness Center, 4,000 square-feet of strength and endurance-training equipment within the facility.
“Nothing would’ve pleased Dad more than giving young people the opportunity to develop healthy lifestyles,” Stern said. “The fact that his alma mater was building a health and wellness center made it perfect. And being able to sponsor the fitness center within the facility was just the right piece. I didn’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call GMC as soon as I heard about it.”
Alumni and friends are now being given an opportunity to name other fitness areas within the center and even individual equipment in the cardio and weight training areas.
The event, held outside the Cordell Events Center on the site of the new project, was attended by about 120 people. The event preceded the Alumni Weekend Dinner Social and followed the Homecoming game in which GMC beat Atlanta Sports Academy, 24-13.
Participants in the groundbreaking included: Gen. Boylan; Powell Moore, campaign chairman; Dudley Rowe, Foundation chairman/campaign steering committee chairman; George Echols, M.D., honorary campaign chairman; Randy New, Board of Trustees chairman; John Thornton, Prep School principal; Bert Williams, Junior College athletic director and head football coach; Joe Greco, Lord Aeck & Sargent architecture; Bill Morrison, Skanska; Bobby Cromer, Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission; Rusty Kidd, Georgia State Representative, District 141; and Johnny Grant, Georgia State Senator, District 25.
“GMC is on track to add three levels and 56,250 square feet of brand new fitness space alongside what will be a full renovation of our existing fitness center,” Boylan said. “We were so excited to join visiting alumni to celebrate such an enormous undertaking. We are committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and visitors, and know the addition of the new center is well worth the funding and effort it will take to improve our current physical fitness facility.”