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Sewells Establish Fund to Assist FHU Choral Program

Henderson, Tennessee - Nov 17, 2017

Dr. Milton and Mrs. Laurel Sewell have established a fund to assist the choral program at Freed-Hardeman University. The Laurel Shannon Sewell Choral Fund has been established in memory of her parents, Paul and Dalphine Shannon.


The fund is intended to provide financial assistance for non-budgeted needs of the choral program. Grants from it may be used for travel, scholarships, technology, research, multi-media and enrichment activities.

“We thank Laurel for believing in and recognizing the importance of choral music,” Dr. Barbara England, chairman of FHU’s fine arts department, said. “This fund will allow us to assist choral students and Chorale financially. For example, if Chorale needs equipment to assist in recording, we will have the funds to help. Or, as the case currently is, students who have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of an honors choir can now receive help with their workshop and travel expenses.”

The former first lady of FHU entertained guests of the university, traveled and spoke on behalf of Christian education and worked closely with the wives of the FHU Trustees for 27 years while her husband served as president and chancellor.   She also served as national president and executive secretary of the FHU Associates. The author of “The Six Gifts of Hospitality,” Laurel Sewell is a frequent speaker for ladies’ days, retreats and lectureships. She has also written for several Christian publications including the Gospel Advocate and Christian Woman.

“Once again, Laurel has, in her quiet way through an unselfish act of kindness, provided a way to influence students at Freed Hardeman University for years to come,” England said. 

Contributions to the fund for the choral program may be made online at or mailed to the Office of Development, 158 East Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340. Gifts should be earmarked for the Laurel Shannon Sewell Choral Fund.