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Nazareth Receives $1.5M Gift from Konar Foundation for Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute

  • Published: October 24, 2013

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Nazareth Receives $1.5M Gift from Konar Foundation for Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman is proud to announce a $1.5 million gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation for Nazareth's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute renovation. In honor of the Konar's support of music therapy and other creative arts therapy programs, the gift will be recognized by naming the William and Sheila Konar Creative Arts Therapy Wing when the institute renovation is complete. The $16.5 million Institute, set to open by fall 2015, physically expands on the existing educational and clinical facilities of Nazareth's School of Health and Human Services.

"The generous gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation will help make Nazareth's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute a reality," said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. "In this new Institute, we will train the next generation of health care providers in our region, create opportunities for research, and provide clinical services that address the wellness and rehabilitation needs of members of the larger community. The Institute clearly will benefit the College and the community, and we are most grateful to the Konar Foundation and the Konar family for their support."

William Konar, an outstanding volunteer and philanthropist, has been involved as a leader and supporter of Nazareth College for more than three decades. In 1993, he was appointed to Nazareth's board of trustees, a position he held for a decade before becoming a trustee emeriti. In 1996, the Konar Family Scholarship was established and has funded more than 50 scholarships impacting students' lives now and in the future. Also, a generous gift from the foundation allowed Nazareth to begin research in the fall of 2011 along with creating a music therapy group for persons with Alzheimer's.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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