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Naples couple donates $75 million to Minnesota university

Naples couple Lee and Penny Anderson have financially supported the Naples Winter Wine Festival since 2002, one year after it was created. Now they’ve made history for the largest ever donation to a university in Minnesota, one neither of them attended.

Your $75 million gift to the private Catholic University of St. Thomas will help build a new hockey and basketball arena.

The Andersons are from Minnesota, but have retired to Naples. Although they did not attend St. Thomas, they both grew up in the nearby Twin Cities community college. Lee says the school has “a wonderful purpose and mission.”

Lee and Penny have donated $140 million to the school since 1993. After the new stadium is completed in the fall of 2025, there will be four Anderson-named buildings on campus.

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