Eck family, auto dealerships pledge $100K to Newman

Les and Pam Eck – and the four auto dealerships they own – have pledged $100,000 to Newman University for the school’s new science and health care facility and for student scholarships, the university said in a news release Friday.

The gift is to Facing Forward, Newman’s campaign to complete the new Bishop Gerber Science Center – which is already under construction – and to provide for student scholarships. The center is expected to open for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

The Ecks own the Rusty Eck Ford and Midwest Kia auto dealerships in Wichita, the Midwest Toyota dealership in Hutchinson and the Rolling Hills Auto Plaza in St. Joseph, Mo.

“Les and Pam and other members of their families have been valued friends and supporters of the university for many years,” Newman president Noreen Carrocci said in a news release. “Their support now is instrumental in helping us honor Bishop Gerber by building this new science center in his name. This state-of- the-art facility will support our science programs and our excellent pre-med and health science programs for years to come.”

“Wichita and Kansas have been very good to us, and with community support we are able to give back,” Les Eck said in a statement.