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ECU Athletics, Pirate Club receive record gift of $2.21 million

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - East Carolina University Athletics and the ECU Pirate Club announced on Wednesday an anonymous gift of $2.21 million, believed to be the largest ever.

The money will go toward the $55 million Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium renovation project and the Bennett-Hudson Endowment Fund. In a press release, ECU officials said all but $110,000 will go to the renovation project. The rest will go to the scholarship fund.

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"What excites me most about this gift is the fact that it comes from a Pirate alumnus who has been extremely successful in business and has chosen to honor ECU Athletics with the largest single-gift in our history," ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said in the press release. "I truly appreciate the donor's willingness to allow us to announce this leadership gift, while remaining anonymous throughout the process. I know this gift will motivate others to do whatever they can to help us complete this project."

The anonymous donor is said to be a lifetime resident of eastern N.C. and a longtime Pirate Club member.

"I am very grateful to East Carolina for providing me the knowledge to succeed in life, and in business. I am proud to be in a position to give back, and to hopefully lead a new group of alumni, fans and supporters. In life, it's not about what you get, it's what you give. Every gift, large or small, counts," the donor said in the press release.

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