Don Taylor donates $15M for Stampede interpretive centre

Philanthropist Don Taylor has donated $15 million to the Calgary Stampede Foundation to create a western interpretive centre.

Expected to open in 2016 as part of Stampede Park revamp

Calgary's Don Taylor has donated $15 million to the Calgary Stampede Foundation to create a western interpretive museum called the SAM Centre, named after his father, Robert Samuel Taylor. (CBC)

Philanthropist Don Taylor has donated $15 million to the Calgary Stampede Foundation to create a western interpretive centre.

The SAM Centre, named after his father Robert Samuel Taylor, will be part of a new Youth Campus at Stampede Park.

“I wanted to do something for my father. This is an ideal opportunity. He would be very pleased to have his name associated with this,” said Don Taylor.

Expected to open in 2016, the SAM Centre is supposed to promote the city’s western heritage beyond the 10 days of Stampede in July. It will also serve as a special event centre.

The donation was announced Tuesday, along with the foundation’s plans to raise $100 million for the “We’re Greatest Together” campaign to fund some major development projects at Stampede Park. 

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