Temple raises $76K for men's gymnastics program

Posted: August 16, 2014

The men's gymnastics coach at Temple University said he has raised more than $76,000 in donations for the program, which was cut by the university's board of trustees earlier this year.

Fred Turoff, who is in his 38th season in charge of the program at the university, said a fund-raiser Thursday night featuring Temple alum Bill Cosby at the Independence Visitor Center was expected to bring in at least an additional $10,000.

The event, billed as "An Evening With Bill Cosby: To Save the Temple Men's Gymnastics Program," was expected to draw about 200 people who paid up to $500 per couple to attend.

Turoff also is expecting an individual donation of $12,500.

In February, Temple's board decided to cut baseball, softball, men's gymnastics, and men's indoor and spring track and field teams.

Turoff said he met with Lewis Katz, head of the athletic committee of the board of trustees, after the board's vote and Katz committed to a matching gift if Turoff could raise $70,000.

Katz, who was a co-owner of The Inquirer, died in a plane crash May 31.

His son, Drew Katz, sold his ownership interest in the newspaper to co-owner H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest.

"I recently contacted the Katz Foundation and expect to receive the matching grant Lew Katz promised me," Turoff said.

Drew Katz said late Thursday afternoon that he would honor his father's pledge.

"I am fulfilling my father's commitment to Temple's gymnastics program," Katz said. "I'm delighted to fulfill my dad's commitment and to continue to help Temple, which is what he would want me to do."


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