At the Warner University Ag Complex Groundbreaking, President Greg Hall was pleased to announce to the 700 people in attendance that an anonymous donor had pledged $500,000 in a matching challenge. The University had one year to raise the $500,000. The crowd broke in applause when the matching was announced. The ceremony was a time of celebration for the $900,000 already raised and the new matching challenge for the $2.8 million complex. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, shared how important it is for Warner University to educate students in Ag for they will need to be ready to feed millions in the future. The ceremony had patriotic songs by the University Ensemble, confetti when the first group broke ground and prayers of thanksgiving. When the program ended, Ed and Myrtle Swindle from Plant City asked to speak to President Hall. They shared that they would like to match the entire $500,000 for the Ag Complex. President Hall asked if he could make the announcement of the match at the Ag Donor Luncheon that was scheduled for noon and the Swindles said yes. Dr. Hall’s announcement brought a shocked look on everyone’s face and then applause and cheering. The luncheon was a true time of celebration and ended with prayers of thanksgiving and giving God the glory for all He has done for Warner University.
Warner University’s Director of Agriculture Development, Mrs. Scarlett McCullers Jackson pictured with Ed and Myrtle Swindle and Commissioner Adam Putnam at the Ag Complex Groundbreaking.