LEWISTON — On Saturday, Lewis-Clark State College officially unveiled new signage outside the newly renamed P1FCU Activity Center on campus.
In December, Lewis-Clark State College received a $2 million donation from P1FCU to enter into a 10-year naming deal for what is the college’s primary indoor athletic venue. The agreement, which was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education, will run until December 15, 2031, with a 10-year renewal option.
“On behalf of Lewis-Clark State College and the many student-athletes who will benefit from this generous donation, I offer my sincere gratitude to P1FCU,” said LC State Chair Cynthia Pemberton. “Warrior athletics is an important part of our campus culture and experience, and our student-athletes excel on courts, yards, fields and in classrooms. This donation will be a real game-changer for our programs and the college. Thank you, P1FCU. We are incredibly grateful!
“Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State College has been woven into the heart of Lewiston for 128 years,” said Chris Loseth, President and CEO of P1FCU. “Formed in 1938, P1FCU has been woven into the fabric of the Lewis-Clark Valley for 83 years. We are the oldest local financial institution in the history of the Lewis-Clark Valley and support the Lewis-Clark State College, its students and faculty for many years. It is our honor to continue our long-term partnership with the P1FCU Athletics Endowment Fund which will support students’ educational opportunities for years to come, and to supporting the P1FCU Activity Center which is an integral part of Lewiston serving the residents of the Lewis-Clark Valley at many local events held at the facility year after year Our commitment to the Lewis-Clark Valley and its people has never never been stronger and we will continue to move forward together as we have for the past 83 years.
With the $2 million, LC State will use $1 million to create the P1FCU Athletics Endowment Fund to support student-athlete scholarships. The other $1 million can be used as an endowment fund to support additional scholarships for student-athletes, for athletic programs and facility needs, and to help the college with its Title IX initiative.
“On behalf of the coaches, student-athletes and staff, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of P1FCU,” said LC State athletic director Brooke Henze. “To Chris Loseth, Patti Meshishnek and all the staff at P1FCU, thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of our students at LC State. This donation will fund student scholarships and athletics operations. Their contribution and commitment to LC State athletics and the community, now and over the years, will leave a positive impact on so many.
LC State opened the activity center in January 2005 at a cost of $15 million. The facility includes three full-size basketball courts and can accommodate over 3,500 people. In addition to being the venue for LC State volleyball and basketball games, the facility has been used for LC State, Lewiston and Clarkston State graduations , Golden Throne basketball games between Lewiston and Clarkston High Schools, concerts, performances, meetings, powwows, and other events.
P1FCU was started in northern Idaho in 1938 when 12 employees of Potlatch Forest Incorporated pooled their money to provide loans and other financial services. P1FCU now has more than 100,000 members and two dozen locations serving 18 counties in Idaho and eight counties in Oregon, as well as all of Washington State.