Friday, 24 July 2020 19:08

McPherson College Announces $1 Million Matching Gift Challenge


McPherson College in Kansas has announced a $1 million matching gift challenge from Florida philanthropist and automotive enthusiast Dano Davis.

The gift will support business curriculum development, student experiences and scholarships for students enrolled in the only bachelor’s degree in historic automotive restoration in the country.


Davis hopes his gift will motivate others to support McPherson College’s automotive restoration program. Any gift designated to the restoration program---for lab and classroom support, scholarships, the tool fund, endowment---will qualify for the match.


“I became acquainted with the college through its students who visited the Brumos Collection on a college-sponsored spring break trip in 2018. I was so impressed that I hired one of the students to work for me,” Davis said.


The following year, Davis attended the student-led car show on the college campus, bringing two cars from the Brumos Collection.


“Visiting campus and seeing the commitment of the faculty, staff and students was inspiring. I knew I wanted to do something to help support not only the technical aspect of their automotive education, but also the business education side of it.”


Davis was principal owner of Brumos Motorcars, a successful dealership group, and Brumos Racing, which fielded a team for many years with drivers such as Hurley Haywood, who is tied with five wins as the most successful driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona.


Davis’ family founded the well-known grocery store chain, Winn-Dixie. The chain grew to 1,400 stores in 13 states and $14 billion in sales. They sold the company in 2011.


In January of this year, Davis opened The Brumos Collection, in Jacksonville, FL, that focuses on the development of the automobile and the Brumos Porsche racing legacy. The museum is housed in a building created to resemble the Ford assembly plant that once operated in Jacksonville.

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