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Chester County Campaign for Old Main Nears $1 Million Goal

Henderson, Tenn. - May 14, 2015

The Chester County campaign for the restoration of Old Main has made considerable progress, according to Freed-Hardeman University Chancellor Milton Sewell. Approximately 86 percent of the $1 million goal has been reached, committee members learned Monday, May 11, at their meeting.

“Larry would be so pleased to see that we’ve raised so much in Chester County. It was so important to him that this building be saved,” Kay Tignor said of her late husband who was one of the chairmen of the campaign. “I was a little reluctant to become involved at first, but Larry was so confident that the people in Chester County would save this building that I agreed to support him,” she added.

Committee members discussed other fundraising efforts to help meet the goal. An artist friend of the Tignors is completing an oil painting of Old Main. It will be sold, possibly at auction, and the proceeds given to the restoration fund. Also, plans are underway to sell signed and numbered prints of the painting.

In addition, the Tignors’ daughter plans to become involved in the effort. Janet Blank, a representative for Premier Jewelry, will host a jewelry show this fall with the proceeds going to Old Main.

“I want this building saved for the community and for Freed-Hardeman,” Tignor said, “but I really, really want to see this through for Larry.”

Sewell commented that a number of gifts had been made to the fund in memory of Larry Tignor. “There is a giving spirit in this community,” he said.

Ralph Mays, also a member of the committee, said, “Kathy and I were honored to be a part of this effort. Freed-Hardeman meant a lot to Kathy. Beautification and renovation of this facility will mean so much to the community. I am looking forward to reaching our goal.” 

Residents may honor or memorialize a friend or loved one by paying for a seat in Chapel Hall. A brass plate will be attached to the chair with the honoree’s name on it. “Almost all of the seats in Chapel Hall have been sold. Only 26 seats in the auditorium are unnamed,” Sewell said. Larger contributions will fund the restoration of rooms. A plaque recognizing the gift will be attached to the door. To participate in the restoration project, contact Sewell at or call 731-989-6054.