Renovated Lounge Dedicated in Honor of Youngs
February 20, 2008
President Richard F. Wilson unveiled the plaque dedicating the lounge in the Memorial
Center to the Youngs.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Main Lounge in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Memorial Center
has a new name. The lounge, which underwent extensive renovations this winter, is
now the Young Main Lounge after a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The lounge is named in honor of Nicholas and Iva Young, who were benefactors of Illinois
Wesleyan. Though neither graduated from the University, both were professional fundraisers
who understood the importance of further excellence in education.
The couple, who were married in 1928, worked side by side as fundraisers for YMCAs
across the country, as well as hospitals, church buildings and service organizations.
During World War II, Mr. Young worked with the National Council for the YMCA and internationally
with the United Service Organization (USO), establishing USO clubs in Jamaica, Trinidad
and Brazil. In 1970, the couple raised more than $7.5 million for the YMCA in Rochester,
Minn. They then worked for the American City Bureau Beaver Association before retiring
to Bloomington in 1972.
“After her husband passed away in 1974, Mrs. Young continued to be active in local
fundraising initiatives, and greatly aided the development efforts for Evelyn Chapel
and the Fort Natatorium at Illinois Wesleyan,” said Illinois Wesleyan’s Associate
Vice President for Advancement Ben Rhodes, who added she was a member of the Illinois
Wesleyan Board of Visitors and the President’s Club.
In 1987, Mrs. Young established the Nicholas T. and Iva G. Ellington Young Endowment
Fund, which provides scholarship funding for Illinois Wesleyan students. She died
in 1998 at the age of 90. “Mrs. Young was a kind and gentle lady with a very big heart.
She attended many events in the lounge, so it is a fitting tribute that it be named
the Young Main Lounge.
Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960