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McDowell Columns Preservation Fund

Your gift to the McDowell Columns Preservation Fund provides critical support in maintaining one of the most significant pre-Civil War buildings serving Christian higher education in the mid-atlantic region of the United States. The most significant exterior renovation was completed in 2009 with well over $1 million dollars given to preserve the exterior of the building. The Campaign For Columns saved the building and provided major structural improvements necessary for continued occupancy of the building.

Today, our efforts continue as we pledge again to maintain the heart and soul of our University - McDowell Columns Hall. Providing resources for routine maintenance and a permanent growing endowment will ensure preservation for generations to come. Interior and exterior maintenance issues remain. Join us today in supporting this significant historic icon.

Finishing Touches on the Chapel Challenge
Grace Brown, daughter of Bynum and Shirley Graham Brown, is giving the landscaping for the new Chapel that will become the Shirley Graham Brown Memorial Garden. Grace is very excited about honoring her parents with this memorial gift. It is important to Grace, who has a close relationship with Chowan University, to express her dedication through a living legacy on behalf of her parents. We challenge other friends of the University to give in honor of their loved ones. In order to honor your loved ones, support the Chapel Challenge today. When 50 gifts are given in support of the Chapel Campaign, her gift of $25,000 will be fully realized. Your gifts will then be recognized inside the Chapel.
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1965 Red Hot Ford Mustang Fastback Challenge
Alumnus Barry Bradberry, Class of 1973, is sponsoring this challenge. Barry drove a 1965 red Ford Mustang Fastback when he was a student at Chowan and he still owns and drives it today! The car was featured in the movie “Dare to Be.” 25 gifts of $19.65 or more will unlock his donation of $1,000. Donations will be placed in the Alumni Loyalty Fund.
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The 175th Donor Challenge
The donor who makes the 175th contribution during Chowan Gives will unlock a $500 gift to the area of their choice from Elaine Myers, Board of Trustee member and a 175th Celebration Committee member.
Rush Hour Power Hour
Win a starbucks $10 digital gift card between the hours of 8 am-9 am on April 5th when you donate $25.00+. 10 names will be drawn. This challenge is brought to you by Alumni Council President, Maurice Fluitt.
Join Linda Weaver, Board of Trustee Member, in celebrating our 175th Birthday
Linda Weaver is challenging the Chowan Family to help us celebrate this monumental milestone of 175 years. When 30 gifts are made of $175+, Linda’s generous contribution of $5,000 will be unlocked to the Chowan Fund. All gifts of $175+ will also receive a limited edition commemorative etched glass.
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First Time Donors Challenge
This challenge encourages donors to make their first gift to Chowan. At the end of Chowan Gives, a name from the first time donors list will be drawn and that person will select an area of his/her choice for the $1,000 bonus. Lynette Bunch, Board of Trustee member, encourages you to make your first gift to Chowan!
Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce, Let's Eat Off-Campus-Student Challenge
Students who donate $17.50 or more during Chowan Gives will be eligible for a random drawing for gift cards to area restaurants, etc. This challenge is brought to you by the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce!
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