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ORAU donates $100,000 to International Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion

Surprise announcement made at ETEC annual awards luncheon

international peace pavilion donation check presentation photo

ORAU President and CEO Andy Page (far left) and ORAU Executive Vice President Eric Abelquist (far right) surprise Pat Postma (second from left) and Alan Tatum, co-chairs of the Advisory Committee of the International Friendship Peace Pavilion, with a $100,000 donation from ORAU to go toward the new pavilion.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU President and CEO Andy Page and ORAU Executive Vice President Eric Abelquist presented a $100,000 donation for the International Friendship Peace Pavilion during a surprise announcement at the East Tennessee Economic Council’s annual awards luncheon on Friday.

The plans for the new International Friendship Bell Peace Pavilion, which includes moving the 8,000-pound bronze cast bell from its current location in Bissell Park in Oak Ridge to another location within the park, were unveiled recently.

According to, the bell “symbolizes peace and international friendship into the future,” and “the vision is to house the International Friendship Bell in a Peace Pavilion. This new design will bring a larger plaza around the bell and pavilion, making it a site for gathering, thoughtful reflection and observing the bronze work of art.”

ORAU wanted to do its part to help make the relocation of the Friendship Bell within Bissell Park and the addition of the Peace Pavilion a reality.

“In an effort to help preserve Oak Ridge’s historical heritage and take care of our neighbor, the International Friendship Bell that is located across the street from ORAU’s main campus, ORAU decided to make this donation,” said Page. “ORAU is proud to remain a strong pillar of the Oak Ridge community since 1947.”

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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