Naming rights go to big donors at YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two buildings on Youngstown State University’s campus officially got new names on Friday.

The former Lincoln Building has been renamed J.J. and Janet Cafaro Hall.

The old Phelps Building will now be known as the Ronald G. Silvestri Hall in honor of Janet Cafaro’s late brother, a successful businessman in the area.

The buildings were renamed in recognition of a combined $1.75 million donation to the university from the Cafaros and their daughters, former state Senator Capri Cafaro and Renee Cafaro.

“The work and the legacy of both the Silvestri and the Cafaro families were really the heart and soul of the growth of the Valley, but the Valley was the heart and soul of both of our families. So it’s really great to literally stand on the crossroads of both sides of my family and recognize their contributions,” Renee said.

At a ceremony outside, the university and the family unveiled dedication plaques that will be installed in the buildings.

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