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UCO Receives $500,000 Pledge for CHK|Boathouse

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently received a pledge of $500,000 from alumna Martha Burger, senior vice president - Human & Corporate Resources with Chesapeake Energy Corporation, toward the development and construction of the CHK|Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River.

"I'm thrilled that my alma mater is establishing a presence on the Oklahoma River, not only with the women's rowing team, but also through the live music venue and art gallery, as well," said Burger.

"I'm excited to help introduce the arts to the Boathouse District and solidify the Oklahoma River as a destination for the entire community."

Burger has been a UCO Foundation Trustee since 2005 and is active in civic and professional organizations as well as statewide initiatives.

UCO President Roger Webb commended Burger for her outstanding commitment to the community and the university.

"Creative projects like the CHK|Central Boathouse would not be possible without generous supporters like Martha. Her gift will have a positive impact on our students, many who go on to work right here in Oklahoma at places like Chesapeake Energy. Her gift, coupled with the pledge from Chesapeake, further our shared vision to create a place where 'art meets the river' in the Boathouse district," said Webb.

Chesapeake Energy, which employs more than 300 Central graduates, was the first investor in the CHK|Central Boathouse, pledging $3 million to the project. The university is seeking additional investors and donors to sponsor the remaining $2.5 million needed to complete the project before construction on the boathouse begins.

In addition to the Chesapeake Boathouse, the CHK|Central Boathouse will join the Devon Boathouse and the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, both currently under construction on the Oklahoma River.

For more information on supporting the CHK|Central Boathouse, contact the UCO Foundation at (405) 974-2770 or visit


Editor's Note: Art for publication may be downloaded at Conceptual architectural images provided by Elliott + Associates Architects.

Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma alumna and Chesapeake Energy Senior Vice President - Human and Corporate Resources Martha Burger recently pledged $500,000 to the development and construction of the CHK|Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River, adding to Chesapeake Energy's pledge of $3 million.

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