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Thu. May 10, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Calvary Christian anticipates breaking ground on a $1.5 million baseball stadium in August. The complex, which will be the only baseball field with an artificial playing surface in the area, is expected to be completed by the start of the 2013 season, Calvary administrator David Kilgore said.

The stadium project was funded mostly through a $1 million donation from a family in Michigan that asked to remain anonymous, Kilgore said.

“We have really been blessed,” Kilgore said. “The family did not have any real ties to the church. They own a house in Florida. But they called out of the blue and said they wanted to help.”

This is the second time in the past year a major donation has allowed Calvary Christian to build a state-of-the-art athletic facility. In August 2011, construction was completed on a $4.2 million football field with FieldTurf, locker rooms and an electronic scoreboard capable of high-definition replays.

The football field was funded mostly through a $4 million donation from Dr. Pit Gills, a member of the church. Gills' father, Dr. James Gills, is the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute and owned the Ironman brand for 18 years before selling it to a private equity firm for an undisclosed sum in 2008.

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