The Edmond Sun


May 3, 2014

Chili’s fundraising night supports Old North campaign

EDMOND — UCO Development will launch its #SaveOldNorth campaign by partnering with Chili’s Grill and Bar for a fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at 3580 S. Broadway in Edmond.

Ten percent of any purchase, including take out orders, will benefit the university’s fundraising efforts to reopen historic Old North, the university’s oldest building.      

Due to structural complications that multiplied over time, Old North closed in 2000 resulting in the loss of several classrooms and the relocation of nearly 40 faculty and staff offices.

The #SaveOldNorth project is part of the university’s $40 million Always Central campaign. With just more than $38 million raised, $3.5 million is still needed to finish the interior renovation of the building.          

UCO Development is using the month of May to generate awareness for the project and has a goal to raise $18,900 in just 30 days in honor of the university’s founding in 1890.  

“We are so thankful for our community partners like Chili’s,” said Anne Holzberlein, vice president for Development.          

“Old North has been an iconic symbol in this community for nearly 125 years and it is wonderful to see our community partners rise to the challenge to help raise the needed funds to #SaveOldNorth. Every little bit helps.”  

The #SaveOldNorth campaign site features videos and personal stories of alumni and friends who are passionate about the future of the project.

Visit to learn more about the campaign and to print off information for the Chili’s Grill and Bar fundraising night.

For more information or to share your own Old North story, contact Reagan Hamlin, director of Public Relations and Marketing for UCO Development, at 974-3552 or email at

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