The Pulaski Technical College Foundation honored library donors at a special reception Thursday evening at the college's new Ottenheimer Library.
The donors contributed to the Campus Center and Library Expansion Building Campaign, the college's first-ever capital campaign to raise $4 million.
The library is named in honor of the Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation, which contributed $500,000 to the building campaign, the largest single gift the college has ever received.
Leonard and Gus Ottenheimer, with their sister and brother-in-law, Gladys Ottenheimer Hirsch and Joe Hirsch, all of little Rock, established the Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation in 1965. The Ottenheimer brothers developed and owned one of the largest women's garment-manufacturing plant in America in 1924.
"The Ottenheimer Foundation was founded by two Ottenheimer brothers and their sister to fund educational programs that lead to the betterment of our community," said Edward Penick, Sr., chairman of the Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation. "We are proud to be a contributor to Pulaski Technical College as it typifies the type of recipients they had in mind when they created the foundation."
Pulaski Technical College Foundation Executive Director Joyce Taylor thanked donors for helping make the college's capital campaign such a success. The foundation has received more than 300 gifts to date.
"The college has been thrilled by the community's response to our campaign. Every gift has made a wonderful difference in the completion of the library and campus center and therefore the success of our students. We believe there is no better gift than the gift of education. It is very rewarding to know that there are so many from our community who feel the same way."
The college issued revenue bonds for $15 million for the building and renovation projects. Both the library and campus center were completed in the summer of 2006 and are currently being utilized by students.
At the reception, guests had a chance to see the many improvements that have been made inside the library.