The new BCEF Bulldog Center, a multi-purpose, flexible space at Batesville High School, will hopefully be complete by early May when a Bulldog memorial, commissioned by BCEF, is installed and dedicated. With signage already in place on the outside wall of the Center and furnishings being placed inside, the venue is nearing completion.
The Bulldog Center is a joint venture that was announced last fall between BCSC and BCEF— made possible through a combination of funds from the BHS building project and donations from the Mary C. Horstman estate and the BCEF Andy Koors Legacy Fund.
A special Bulldog memorial has been commissioned by BCEF to honor the donors who made the venture possible. BCEF is working with BHS art teacher Andrea Grimsley, who will be designing and sculpting a bulldog which will top a carved pedestal created by the Village Workshop, owned by BHS alumnus Brian Rennekamp. The pedestal portion of the memorial is being donated to BCEF by BHS alums Tom (’75) and Dee (Amberger) Linkel (’76) of Linkel Company, LLC.
Flexible seating, the signature project sponsored at BCSC by BCEF, will be featured in the Center so the venue can be used for a variety of purposes. In addition, multiple large mounted video displays will enable the space to be used for meetings or presentations. A portion of the furnishings were paid for with a donation from BCEF from our first annual raffle last fall.
An open house and dedication ceremony will be announced at a later date.