Johnny & Kristen Evans, Cameron, South Carolina, recently extended a $100,000 challenge to other donors to help complete funding for the McKanna-Sandrock Retreat Center at Lutheranch. Once $100,000 in new commitments for the “Complete the Dream” Campaign are made, the Evans will make their $100,000 gift.
Johnny & Kristen are long-time friends of NovusWay. Kristen grew up attending Lutheridge and their former pastor, the Rev. Bob Young, helped to establish a campfirmation cluster at Lutheridge. Johnny previously served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the major gifts effort for the Foundations for Faith Campaign in South Carolina. The Evans currently serve as members of the NovusWay Council of Champions.
Johnny is the president and CEO of C.F. Evans, a construction company that builds college dormitories, apartments and retirement communities throughout the southeastern U.S. When NovusWay formed a Construction Team to oversee building the multiple use retreat center at Lutheranch, Johnny hosted the team at his business and home to get them started. The Evans offered the $100,000 challenge because they are eager to see the retreat center be debt free when it begins serving guests and campers this summer.
The “Complete the Dream” campaign for Lutheranch was launched in winter 2016 with the goal of raising $1 million to fully fund the retreat center construction. In response to the Evans challenge, another donor from South Carolina has already made a $30,000 pledge and a donor in Birmingham committed $15,000. This reduces the total needed to fully fund the retreat center to $127,000, which includes start-up operating costs for the first 30 months and interest on a construction loan while donors complete their pledges over the next 3-5 years.
If you would like to make a gift to raise the remaining $55,000 needed to reach the $100,000 Evans challenge, contact Keith Trout development director at ktrout@NovusWay.com, or call 864-313-1453.