Lorio Foundation surpasses $3 million in donations to Nicholls

Lorio Foundation Ribbon Cutting 2017
(Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University received a $50,000 donation from the Lorio Foundation on Tuesday, bringing the total donations from the Thibodaux nonprofit to more than $3 million.

Members of the Lorio Foundation Board toured the Nicholls campus to view the outcome of projects they assisted in funding in 2017.

Those projects included resurfacing of tennis courts, renovating the steps at the Donald Bollinger Student Union and building a pavilion at Ayo Pool.

“What’s great about these projects is that it’s not just for Nicholls but for the community as well,” the Lorio Foundation said in a statement. “We gave money thinking about the kids who use the pool and the schools that also use the tennis courts. We were thinking about student safety when we helped with the steps.”

The latest donation will provide a new van for Nicholls athletics to transport teams and equipment. That brings the nonprofits total donations to Nicholls over $3.3 million.

“These donations are important for Nicholls because they help us do things we otherwise would not be able to,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “To have an organization like the Lorio Foundation contribute means we can leverage our own abilities and go beyond that and do something important.”

Established in 1997 to honor the memory of Thibodaux resident Lloyd Lorio, the nonprofit has spent the last 20 years awarding annual grants to religious, charitable, educational and governmental agencies in the Bayou Region.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator,  985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@www.nicholls.edu

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