A pair of longtime benefactors of Kansas University has given $100,000 to help support performances at the Lied Center.
KU alumni Scott and Carol Ritchie of Wichita have established the Scott and Carol Ritchie Performing Arts Endowment at the KU Endowment Association.
Their contribution qualifies for a $100,000 match from the Lied Foundation to support the Lied Performance Fund, which makes possible appearances by national and international performers. The fund also helps performers hold workshops and discussions with school children, KU students and Lied Center patrons.
"The Lied Center will become a more exciting place to be because of the programming support," said Lied Center director Jacqueline Davis.
A Wichita native, Scott Ritchie graduated from KU in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in geology. He is chairman of Ritchie Exploration Inc., a Wichita-based oil and gas exploration company, and Hallrich Inc., a company that operates restaurants in northeastern Ohio, and president of Highland Ranch Co., a Kansas-based cattle operation.
Carol Swanson Ritchie received a bachelor's degree in music education from KU in 1954.
Scott Ritchie is a member of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees. Carol Ritchie is executive vice chair of the Kansas Alumni Association and has served on its board for five years. She also serves on the board of governors of the Adams Alumni Center.