July 19, 2012
| Donors Support Commitment To Boilermaker Football
Carl Bimel is the latest donor to step up and support the athletic department's commitment to Boilermaker football.
Over the past decade plus, Purdue supporters have helped out big time, beginning with the $70 million renovation to Ross-Ade Stadium that was completed in 2003.
Richard, Alice and Kimra Schleicher made possible the upgrades to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center in 2006. A year later, Drew and Brittany Brees took the lead on the student-athlete academic center that now bears their name. The recently completed Mackey Complex project has provided numerous benefits for football, including the new Don and Carol Shelbourne Sports Medicine Center and upgrades to the Newell Athletic Training Center.
Updates currently are under way on the third floor of the Mollenkopf Center that will enhance the academic support area for football.
"I want to make a difference for my team, and I hope that others will participate in the `Next Step Challenge' in support of the Boilermaker football program in their own way," Bimel said.
The "Next Step Challenge" is a grassroots effort focused on providing the necessary resources for the Boilermaker football program to compete in the Big Ten Conference and nationally. Initial projects include makeovers of the academic support, sports performance and office areas in the Mollenkopf Athletic Center, as well as scholarships.
To participate in the "Next Step Challenge" as a new member, please pledge your support for the next four years at Captain giving level ($500 per year) for the next four years, and the John Purdue Club will double your 50 bonus membership priority points. If you are a current member, please pledge to increase your membership one full giving level to earn 50 bonus points and double the points on your incremental gift. For more information, call the John Purdue Club at 765-494-3248.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Longtime Purdue football enthusiast and supporter Carl Bimel has made a $2 million commitment to the Boilermaker gridiron program.
"I have loved Purdue University and Boilermaker Football for as long as I can remember," Bimel said. "In my lifetime, I have only had one wife and one football team. My intent with this gift is to do my part to help my team remain competitive in the Big Ten Conference and on the national level. I have full confidence in the leadership of the athletics department and the football program that the money will be used in areas identified within the Purdue Football 'Next Step' initiative to have the greatest impact for my Boilermakers."
In recognition of the gift, Purdue will name its two outdoor football practice fields the Bimel Practice Complex.
"Carl is one of the icons of Purdue Athletics: passionate, optimistic and always ready to help," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "We are grateful for his decades of support and for this most generous gift."
A native of Portland, Ind., Bimel first attended Boilermaker football games with his family in 1928. He attended Purdue in the early 1940s and became one of the original 32 members of the John Purdue Club in 1950.
Prior to the NCAA booster recruiting prohibition legislation enacted in the early 1980s, Bimel was well known to take his support of the Boilermakers above and beyond the call of duty as part of a vast alumni network that assisted the football staff in evaluating and developing relationships with prospects and their parents, including team captains Perry Williams (1968) and Tom Luken (1971). He is particularly proud that five of his recruits were selected team captain by their senior year at Purdue.
"Carl is an encyclopedia on Purdue football," Burke said. "If you haven't listened to him recount 80 years of Purdue football history, you're missing something. Carl and his beloved wife, Alice, who has since passed away, were attendees at nearly every home football game. Carl believes that the `Cradle of Quarterbacks' can be traced back to Noble Kizer, and he makes a compelling case to support that point. Many Boilermakers have gotten to know Carl and his sense of love for and pride in Purdue through the years."
Bimel endowed a football scholarship in 2004 as part of the Groben Society and was a contributor to the Mackey Complex project.
In 2010, Bimel received the Diamond P Award from the John Purdue Club for service and commitment to Purdue Athletics.
"On behalf of our coaches and players, we thank Mr. Bimel for his generous gift," head football coach Danny Hope said. "There is no question he holds Purdue University and Boilermaker Football near and dear to his heart. He is a treasure, and his gift will help us in our quest to become champions."
Currently a resident of Cincinnati, Bimel retired in 2004 after a nearly 45-year career as a business owner and consultant. He served as president and CEO of Baker Concrete Construction in Monroe, Ohio.