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Coleman family donates former dairy land to UALR

Submitted by Lisa Lakey on January 20, 2011 – 2:10 pmNo Comment

The family behind Coleman Dairy recently donated 10 acres off of Asher Avenue to UALR. The area of the former dairy silo will be the future site of the university’s new sports complex.

The tract of land has been appraised at $115,000, and the donation was accepted as part of the university’s “It’s Time for UALR” campaign. The goal of the comprehensive giving campaign is to reach $100 million by Dec. 31, 2011.

Anne Mourning, director of major and planned gifts in the Office of Development, said this is the largest gift the Coleman family has made to UALR. “They have been friends to UALR for a long time,” Mourning said. “We’ve always been neighbors.”

Walt Coleman, great, great-grandson of Coleman Dairy founder Eleithet B. Coleman, admitted being neighbors with the university played a role in the donation. “We’ve been in that location since the 1860s,” he said. The Coleman family felt it fit with their goal of improving the neighborhood. “It was just something that made a lot of sense,” Walt said.

The Coleman family is no stranger to central Arkansas. “We like to be involved with the community,” Coleman said. “It’s just something our family always felt we needed to do.”

In addition to the family’s most recent donation to UALR, the Colemans are also partners with the Little Rock Zoo, the Little Rock Marathon, Little Rock Boys and Girls Club and the local Y. They also sponsor various youth baseball teams.

Walt, Bob, Charlie and Cherb Coleman, the fifth generation of the Coleman Dairy family, transferred the land in December.

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