Help raise $10K to repair and restart iconic UTSA Sombrilla Plaza fountain

Sombrilla Plaza fountain

Sombrilla Plaza fountain, UTSA Main Campus

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(Nov. 6, 2013) -- The UTSA Development Office has launched "Fill the Fountain," a special campaign to support renovations to the Sombrilla Plaza fountain on the UTSA Main Campus. The UTSA Alumni Association and the UTSA Green Fund have already contributed $150,000.

Additionally, alumni Nancy Ozuna '93 and Andrew Ozuna '91 have pledged a $10,000 matching gift for donations made next week. Faculty, staff, alumni, students and university supporters are invited to help raise $10,000 by next week to complete the fundraising.

>> Make a gift to match the Ozuna's challenge at utsa.edu/fillthefountain.

Repairs on the 35-year-old fountain will begin next week. Plans include making the fountain sustainable by using reclaimed water from the air conditioning systems in neighboring buildings, an idea proposed by UTSA students.  Using the gray water will ensure that the revitalized fountain can remain operational year round. Repairs are expected to be complete in early 2014.

"The fountain in the Sombrilla is iconic to the Roadrunner community," said Nancy Ozuna. "It is a place where so many photos are taken and memories have been made. Andrew and I want to help bring this icon back to life, so the UTSA community can once again enjoy the fountain and the ambiance of Sombrilla Plaza when the water is flowing. We encourage others to give, too."

"It is a campus legend that the Sombrilla fountain is lucky," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations. "As the story goes, if a student puts both their hands on the fountain while it is running, they will ace their upcoming exams. Today's Roadrunners deserve the opportunity to put the legend to the test. It's time to bring this tradition back."

"The university relies on gifts to support projects such as the fountain, so that tuition and other funding can directly support instruction and students," said Genevieve Tobias, assistant director of annual giving. "As an alumna and staff member, it is exciting to know that I can be part of bringing this tradition back to UTSA by giving. It is something the students have really wanted, and they get excited when we talk about turning the fountain back on."

A special event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Sombrilla fountain, where you can stop by to make your gift in person or learn more about the project. For more information, visit the Fill the Fountain website or call UTSA Annual Giving at 210-458-4130.