October 15, 2008
Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Art Center Opens at North Central College
Dr. Myron Wentz, founder and chairman of USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: USNA), will be recognized this week when the new Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center at his undergraduate alma mater, North Central College, is dedicated.
The 57,000 square-foot facility, located in downtown Naperville, Illinois, is named in honor of Wentz for his love for music and generous contribution of nearly $10 million in gifts to the project. The state-of-the-art Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center will house a 605-seat concert hall, art gallery, "black box" theater, rehearsal space, practice rooms and more.
"I am honored to have such a magnificent building bear my name," Wentz said. "I wanted to give something back to the college that gave so much to me. It is my hope that this facility can help cultivate and strengthen the artistic abilities of the students of North Central and the people of Naperville."
The new concert hall will be officially dedicated on Oct. 18 during the school's Homecoming weekend. Wentz will be recognized, along with several other distinguished guests, for his leadership and efforts in supporting the Fine Arts Center and advancing the fine and performing arts at North Central College and in Naperville.
"Myron challenged his alma mater to build a concert hall and fine arts facility worthy of the song in his heart, a song he carried for nearly a half century, since joining North Central's choir. His name--his Hall--will be, forever, music to our ears," said North Central College President Harold R. Wilde.
Wentz's passion for philanthropic work is extensive. He has a long-established humanitarian relationship with the non-profit organization Children's Hunger Fund and has built state-of-the-art medical centers for the diagnosis and prevention of disease in Uganda and Cambodia. In 2007, as a result of Wentz's scientific and charitable endeavors, he was awarded with the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences.
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