A $1,000 Chance To Name Stockton's Sports Complex 'You Don't Have To Be A Millionaire To Have Your Name Permanently On A Building.'

Posted: March 30, 2000

POMONA, N.J. — Here is your chance to name the new athletic complex at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Just buy a $1,000 raffle ticket and you may win the right to name the $16.5 million center, which opened this month.

Today, the Atlantic County college will start selling a maximum of 1,000 tickets. If at least 751 are sold by Sept. 21, the winner will be able to name the athletic complex. If between 501 and 750 are sold, the winner gets to name only the gymnasium. And if 500 or fewer are sold, the winner will name the complex's fitness center.

The building is now called the Multipurpose Athletic and Recreation Center, but the college doesn't think much of that name, spokesman Tim Kelly said.

"This may be the first time that a college is giving naming rights to a building by holding a raffle," he said. "You don't have to be a millionaire to have your name permanently on a building. All you have to do is buy a ticket for $1,000 and have that ticket win."

The college came up with the idea "because we just don't have benefactors handing us millions of dollars," Kelly said. The largest contribution the college has received was $220,000 from a health-care foundation for scholarships for students studying health-care disciplines, he said.

All money raised from the raffle will go toward scholarships. While Stockton's state funding has decreased in the last several years, the need for scholarships has risen, Kelly said.

Of this year's $57 million budget, about $28 million, or 49 percent, comes from state funding. In 1990, the state's contribution was 70 percent of the budget, Kelly said.

Currently, tuition for a full-time student at Stockton is $4,400.

The college will have the final say on the name.

"We don't want people to get too carried away in naming the new building," Kelly said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION For details on the raffle to name Richard Stockton College's athletic complex, call 609-652-4789.

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