Tricentennial announces $1 million contribution from business leader and philanthropist Bill Greehey

 In Press Releases

September 30, 2017

Contact: Melissa Sorola


SAN ANTONIO (September 30, 2017) – Local business leader and philanthropist Bill Greehey has committed to a contribution of $1 million to the Tricentennial. The $1 million brings the Tricentennial committed and received funds to $5.1 million breaking the halfway point of the $10 million goal.  These funds will be used to support the Tricentennial’s arts and culture, history and education, Commemorative Week, and community service initiatives.

“Once again, Bill Greehey has come through for our city with this generous gift for San Antonio’s Tricentennial commemoration,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I am grateful for leaders such as Bill Greehey, who are stepping forward to ensure this important milestone is properly celebrated. I have been speaking to community leaders about the Tricentennial, and I’m excited about the energy and support I have found for San Antonio’s 300th birthday.”

“San Antonio will only have one 300th birthday,” said Bill Greehey. “We all need to rally together as a community to make it a great success, as the world will be watching.”

“Mr. Greehey’s investment further enhances the Tricentennial’s efforts to make this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration one to remember for generations to come,” said Edward Benavides, Tricentennial CEO.  “Legacy public art, educational initiatives, infrastructure projects and community service are an integral part of the 300th anniversary and Mr. Greehey’s gift will further enhance these projects.”

Fundraising will continue through 2018. Yesterday, the Tricentennial announced a $300,000 commitment from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas to support the development of free education resource materials that contain interactive and age-appropriate lesson plan ideas for students in grades Pre-K-12. The materials are available for anyone to download at and will be a useful tool for educators as they bring San Antonio’s 300 years of history to life in their classrooms.

About the San Antonio Tricentennial:
In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events.  As San Antonio and Bexar County take the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week.  The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit for more information.

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