George Family Gives $1 Million to Jones Endowment Fund

A leading Springdale family made a major contribution today to the Jones Center Endowment Fund, the Jones Trust announced today.

The trust announced the $1 million pledge by the George family during a morning ceremony at The Jones Center. The ceremony included special remarks by Gary George, chairman of George’s, Inc., and a check presentation by the Co-CEOs/Presidents of George’s, Inc., Carl George and Charles George.

Speaking for The Jones Center were CEO/President Ed Clifford and Jones Trust board member Archie Schaffer III.

“The George family has been an important part of Springdale’s history and the Northwest Arkansas landscape for many years, and we are so pleased with this show of great support by the family,” Clifford said. “The Jones Trust board and staff have worked very hard to expand our regional quality of life programs and services, and we are delighted to receive this important endorsement from the George family. Their very generous gift to our endowment campaign considerably moves us toward our goal of financial sustainability.”

Carl George spoke on behalf of the George family at today’s ceremony.

“Springdale has been blessed by the vision of Harvey and Bernice Jones,” he said. “Our family shares their vision, and is privileged to live and work in this community. The Jones Center is dedicated to strengthening this community, and helping nurture the individuals and families that call Northwest Arkansas home.”

Following the check presentation, Jones Trust board member Archie Schaffer III concluded the ceremony.

“As a member of the board, I want to thank the George family for this magnificent contribution to our endowment,” Schaffer said. “I know the George and Jones families were very close going back years and years in Springdale, and this is a wonderful tribute to that friendship.  We are thrilled to have the Georges recognize the significance of The Jones Center’s contribution to the richness and quality of life in Springdale and Northwest Arkansas in this most meaningful way.  Bernice Jones would be thrilled to see this happen today.”

The Jones Trust board is is pursuing its full endowment campaign goal of $30 million and said in a press release that it plans to have more gift announcements this year. in 2012, The Jones Trust received major contributions to support its pursuit of the $30 million endowment from the Care Foundation and Walton Family Foundation.

George's Inc. is a fully integrated poultry company based in the Northwest Arkansas city of Springdale. The privately held company was founded in the late 1920s by C.L. George and his sons, Luther and Gene. The company has hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills in Arkansas, Missouri and Virginia.