The founders of Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound have given a $5 million gift to Taylor University. Chuck and Lisa Surack designated the money for the construction of a new facility for the school’s film and media program and entrepreneurial and innovation hub.
Surack founded the company in 1979, as a recording studio. Since then, it has become one of the largest e-commerce retailers of music instruments and audio equipment in the country.
“Taylor University has been a place of innovation and creativity for 175 years, and we are blessed to have members of the extended Taylor family who are exemplars in this regard,” said Taylor President, D. Michael Lindsay. “What Chuck and Lisa Surack have done, through and with Sweetwater, is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial energy we want our students to embrace and embody.”
The new building will be home to the Surack Center for Entrepreneurship and Media Arts at the Christian-centered university in Upland. Taylor hopes to break ground later this year.