MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation has received a gift of $750,000 from Marty Vanier and Bob Krause. Foundation President Bruce Snead announced Wednesday morning that over a five year period, $500,000 of the gift will be earmarked for the City of Manhattan, $220,000 will establish a semi-endowment fund for upkeep of the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Immersive Experience Theater, and $30,000 will support the Foundation in fundraising efforts.
“The FHDC Foundation is thrilled to facilitate this generous contribution which recognizes the critical value of the creation and construction of these wonderful exhibits by the City of Manhattan,” said Snead, “These donors see the great regional benefits of the FHDC and especially the Immersive Experience effects on visitors and residents.” The Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Immersive Experience Theater will be named in honor of this generous gift.
Dr. Marty Vanier is a third generation Kansas rancher and is currently the Director of Operations for KSU’s National Agricultural Biosecurity Center.
Bob Krause spent the last 23 years of his professional career as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Kansas State University with responsibilities for university external relations, student services, enrollment management, economic development and a stint as Athletic Director. Since retiring in 2009, Krause has remained active in consulting with private for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental organizations.