Columbia College Chicago Receives $190,000 Gift from Barry and Anne Sabloff for the New Student Center

CHICAGO (Nov. 28, 2017)—Columbia College Chicago has received a $190,000 gift from Barry and Anne Sabloff. Barry Sabloff is a retired executive banker and member of Columbia’s Board of Trustees.

The Sabloffs’ contribution supports the building of Columbia’s new Student Center, and comes as part of the college’s first annual #GivingTuesday campaign—a designated global day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday—encouraging donors and alumni to give back and help empower future artists and industry leaders.

“The Student Center is very needed and will not only improve the quality of student life, but also, I believe, significantly contribute to the vitality of the college,” said Sabloff. “Anne and I are excited about the future of Columbia College Chicago and proud to support its important mission.” 

Barry Sabloff, who also serves as chair of the board’s finance committee, has been an instrumental driver and vocal supporter of the Student Center project, which will be the first building of its kind in Columbia’s 127-year history. The building will serve as a unifying hub for the campus and will help boost Chicago’s creative economy. The college recently broke ground to commence a construction process that will be completed in early 2019.

“The new student center will be a hub for student collaboration and creativity,” said Shawn Wax, vice president of development and alumni relations.“Barry and Anne continue to invest in our students and we are very grateful for their visionary support.”

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