Duluth's Heritage Gets Million Dollar Gift

Posted at: 12/14/2012 10:29 PM
Updated at: 12/14/2012 10:44 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

Duluth's Heritage Sports Center is getting a major shot in the arm.

On Friday night, the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation announced it is receiving a $1 million gift of stock from someone only known as a "friend of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center."

The gift is being given in the name of the late James H. Claypool, for his lifelong contributions to the area and to hockey.

Claypool, who was a strong advocate of the area's youth hockey programs, died in August 2012, at the age of 91.

The Heritage said among Claypool's many notable hockey accomplishments, he also managed the nation's first "miracle" Olympic hockey team in 1960.

"The [Heritage] is honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive this generous gift in Jim's memory", said Heritage Chair Patrick Francisco. "We are also gratified to know that the generosity exhibited by the Center's previous donors, both large and small, continues to receive additional support in such an impactful way."

In 2011, Heritage President Jerry DeMeo told Eyewitness News that the Heritage was suffering from approximately $9.5 million of debt.

DeMeo said it relies on its Legacy Committee to secure donations.