News: Armstrong Center Performance Hall Named for McDonald Family

Armstrong Center Performance Hall Named for McDonald Family

The McDonald Performance Hall will be dedicated to longtime University supporters, Doug and Linda McDonald and their family.

Colorado Christian University, the premiere non-denominational Christian university in the Rocky Mountain region, is excited to announce the naming of the McDonald Performance Hall in the Armstrong Center on the university’s Lakewood campus. The McDonald Performance Hall honors Doug and Linda McDonald and their family. The McDonalds are ardent supporters of Christian education and CCU.

“It is an honor to recognize Doug and Linda McDonald for their unwavering commitment to Christ-centered education with the naming of the McDonald Performance Hall,” said Eric K. Hogue, CCU president. “The performance hall is a vital and dynamic element of the Armstrong Center, which will serve as the backbone of the academic quad when it opens in the fall. It is a fitting tribute to the McDonald family’s dedication to missions and education.”

The McDonald Performance Hall is a 499-seat multipurpose venue that will serve as one of the focal points of the currently under construction Armstrong Center. In addition to the McDonald Performance Hall, the Armstrong Center will allow the School of Music to return to CCU's main campus, house an expanded library, and will be home to the University's first dedicated chapel.

“Sixteen members of our family were here to attend the tour — coming from Colorado, Virginia, and Texas,” said Doug McDonald. “We had the wonderful experience of touring the facility with the lovely members of CCU’s Advancement Office and more. We are grateful for their time and excited to come to the dedication of the McDonald Performance Hall later this fall.”

The McDonalds were highly active in mission work before Linda’s death in 2021, serving on more than 30 mission trips around the globe. Additionally, Linda oversaw a ministry that spread the gospel to many nations on television for 12 years and on the radio for an additional five years. Doug continues the couple’s kingdom-building legacy in his role as a Trustee for Colorado Christian University.

Doug and Linda have five sons and daughters-in-law, which led to 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Doug is the second generation of his family owned and operated automotive company started by his father, Stanley McDonald.

Stanley started selling Dodges two years out of high school in Yakima, Wash., in 1926. Stanley then bought his own Dodge store in Roswell, N.M., in 1949 where Doug joined the family business. Stanley and Doug then moved their Volkswagen store to Littleton, Colo., in 1965 where they have been established since. Today, McDonald Automotive is blessed to have 12 stores and over 850 employees. Doug works closely with three of his sons: Michael, Jim, and Bruce as well as a few of the fourth generation every day.