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Big Red donation: Cornell gets $20M from alum

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- The founder of the nation's largest processor of fruits and vegetables has donated $20 million to Cornell University to help the Ivy League school attract student-athletes.

Cornell officials say the donation is from Arthur Wolcott, a 1949 Cornell graduate and longtime supporter of the Big Red's sports programs. Wolcott is chairman of Seneca Foods Corp., based in Marion in western New York. He founded the company two months after graduating from Cornell.

The donation will go toward the university's financial aid program, a move Wolcott hopes will allow Cornell to competitively recruit athletes being courted by other Ivy League universities.