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Million Dollar Donor Announced for Denison ISD's Munson Stadium Project


DENISON, TX--- Tonight, several members of the Denison ISD community came together to celebrate a very generous donation given to them by one Denison couple.

Today, school officials made the announcement that Eva Gerard-Baker and her deceased husband, Dr. Rene Gerard, have donated $1 million to the Munson Stadium Fund.

"My children and grandchildren all thought it was a good idea so we did it," Gerard-Baker said.

"She's lived here pretty much all her life and has raised five kids here that went through Denison ISD," Gerard-Baker's granddaughter Eva Renee Smith said. "Several of them played football and she just wanted to give back to the community."

"Denison is my home, my family is here, my life is here," Gerard-Baker said.

Denison ISD started raising money for stadium renovations late last year, and now with Gerard-Bakers' donation, the district has raised a total of $5.4 million.

"It's great to be in a city that comes out and supports our young people the way this city does," Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said. "To the Gerard family, we want to tell you how much we appreciate this commitment because it's a wonderful commitment."

Dr. Scott said the money will go towards rebuilding the West stands, making improvements to the East stands, making the stadium ADA compliant and renovating all the restrooms, the press box, the field house, concession areas and entry into Munson stadium.

"We need to do the right thing for Denison, Texas and that is to have a first-class stadium that this community can be proud of," Denison Mayor Jared Johnson said. "When other communities come to our community they'll think that Denison, Texas is moving forward."

School officials said because of the recent donation, the district is actually $400 thousand dollars over where they need to be to begin the project. They plan to use that money on more upgrades.

Dr. Scott said stadium renovations will take a total of nine months. Construction starts at the end of the 2013 football season and will be finished by the 2014 football season.