Texas trip lands $2 million-plus for Infantry Museum

Jerry White says he's pretty sure he'll be making another trip to Texas.

The one he made last week resulted in more than $2 million being pledged toward the building of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

"It was very successful," said the retired major general who is president and chairman of the National Infantry Museum Foundation.

White made a presentation on the anniversary of D-Day in Houston to 65 Texans representing major companies and foundations.

"It was a good day to talk about honoring the infantry," he said. "I think it helped."

Jim Weaver, the chair of the Gordon A. Cain Foundation, pledged $1 million. A private meeting between White and Texas entrepreneur Ross Perot resulted in another pledge for a "seven-figure amount."

The museum due to open near the end of 2008 has now received $70.5 million of its $86 million goal.

Read more about the museum foundation's recent fundraising effort later today online and in print editions of Saturday's Ledger-Enquirer.