At home and abroad,
APU demonstrates a commitment to community. Nursing students
give flu shots to local Azusa residents; student leaders-in-training
feed the hungry in the inner city; teams of students travel
the globe to spread the Gospel. Care for people beyond the campus
boundaries characterizes the university. The Richard and Vivian
Felix Event Center serves the same purpose.
Even before construction plans were drawn for the building,
a vision emerged for the facility to be a community resource
for the San Gabriel Valley. Since its completion, the Felix
Event Center has housed many community events, including church
services, concerts, sporting events, and graduations.
The Azusa Downtown Business Association (ADBA) utilized the
center for a fundraising event last spring. The group hosted
a mariachi concert to support the Mariachi Heritage Program
and Azusa Unified School District. Drawing nearly 2,000 Southern
Californian and Mexican attendees, the
program was overwhelmingly successful. Strengthening our
partnership with APU strengthens us, said Peggy Martinez,
ADBA executive director.
Local churches also utilize the facility. Grace Church of Glendora
held its 2001 Easter service at the Felix Event Center. The
burgeoning church, which draws a regular attendance of nearly
2,500 and offers three services, did something it had never
been able to do before hold one, unified service. It
was a dream come true for the Grace family to all worship together
at the same time in the same venue, wrote Gene Wood, senior
pastor, in a letter to APU President Jon Wallace, DBA. And
what a spectacular venue for such a significant Sunday! We are
grateful to the university for allowing us to partner with you
to the glory of God.
As a premier San Gabriel Valley locale for large events, the
Felix Event Center is a tribute to the generosity of APUs
friends and to future partnerships with community organizations.