$500,000 donation to the Austin rec center project

Taken in 2014, Leonard and Corrine Astrup are in the middle with Susan on the left and Ann on the right. Dan Astrup is standing and Chris is leaning on the chair.  Corrine, her four children and 3 of her grandchildren serve on the Astrup Family Foundation
Taken in 2014, Leonard and Corrine Astrup are in the middle with Susan on the left and Ann on the right. Dan Astrup is standing and Chris is leaning on the chair. Corrine, her four children and 3 of her grandchildren serve on the Astrup Family Foundation

Called a "key contribution" to reaching the fundraising goal.

Posted: May 9, 2018 9:32 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. - A local company is donating $500,000 to the Austin Community Rec Center project.

“I couldn’t be more proud to make this donation, through our Family Foundation, on behalf of our employees,” says Chris Astrup, Co-owner, Astrup Companies. “We believe that the Austin Community Rec Center will be a fantastic addition to Austin and the surrounding communities and we wanted to do our part to help bring this vision to reality.”

Rec Center supporters call this a "key contribution" to reach their $5 million public fundraising goal.

“This generous donation from Astrup is just incredible,” says Sandy Anderson, interim director of Vision 2020. “We are moving closer to reaching our fundraising goal every day, and it is gifts like this that are really making a difference.”

The Austin Community Rec Center is planned to be a year-round facility offering state-of-the-art fitness opportunities. Construction is expected to begin in July.

Donations to the project can be made by clicking here.

Beginning in 1952 with the opening of the first Sterling Drug Store in Austin, Astrup Companies now owns and operates 21 retail and long-term care pharmacies and other businesses in Minnesota and Iowa. The Astrup Family Foundation was created in 2014 after the death of company founder Leonard Astrup.

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