$500,000 Donation to KWU Music Department


Kansas Wesleyan University Music Department receives $500,000 donation.

According to the school, Gus and Hannah Applequist are donating $500,000 to the KWU Power of AND campaign. The donation is one of the first donations in phase two of the campaign and it will be directed to the university’s music program.

“Hannah and I are proud to be products of KWU’s wonderful music program,” said Gus Applequist. “We cherish the friends we’ve made, the education we’ve received and the music we’ve helped produce. This gift is an investment, both in the future of music at KWU and in the Salina music community.

Hannah Applequist ’16 owns Applequist Percussion Studio in Salina while 2021 KWU Alumni Service Award winner Gus ’14 is the CEO and Founder of Fili Creative, one of the region’s leading audio-visual production companies. Hannah was a music performance major at KWU while Gus participated in several ensembles but majored in business management. Both are longtime members of the Salina Symphony and well known for their philanthropic influence in north-central Kansas. The latter is also a member of the board of directors of the KWU Foundation.

The couple had previously made a large donation to KWU’s communications department, which was used to provide needed upgrades to media production equipment.

“We are deeply grateful for the continued support of Gus and Hannah Applequist,” said Ken Oliver, Vice President of University Advancement and Operations. “This gift helps us move forward with our plans to improve the entire music experience at KWU. We look forward to announcing these plans in the coming days, but this gift will be a crucial part of making take the KWU Music experience to the next level.

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KWU Photo: Gus and Hannah Applequist donate $500,000 to the KWU Power of AND campaign.

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