July 25, 2011
Golden Heritage Society pledges $105,000 toward roof replacement projects on North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia historic buildings

The Golden Heritage Society voted unanimously at a meeting during Alumni Frolic Week to begin a fundraising campaign to replace the roofs on three of the campus's historic building: North Carolina Building, Virginia Residence Hall and Tennessee Residence Hall.

President Barry M. Buxton discussed with members of the Society in attendance the College's priority capital needs. The $105,000 roof repair project was one of those identified on the capital needs list for campus improvements.

In a meeting led by Carol Lowe Timbiln '60, the new chair of the Golden Heritage Society, the group of alumni of 50 years or more decided to fund the project that will replace the roofs.

Timblin wrote in a letter to members of the Golden Heritage Society, "After discussing this project, as well as several others, GHS members in attendance voted unanimously to replace the roofs on these historic buildings. The total cost of the project is $105,000 - $17,000 for the roof for North Carolina and $44,000 each for Virginia and Tennessee. Lees-McRae desperately needs our help."

Other buildings on campus have been in need of restoration and repair, and longtime supporters of Lees-McRae have responded to those needs. Last month, the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, the Hayes Trust, and The Cannon Foundation committed $403,000 to Lees-McRae for renovating Tate Residence Hall (the old Grace Hospital) and several houses on Faculty Hill; updating the Cannon Student Center, plus the adjacent courtyard; and repairing campus steps and sidewalks. In addition, the Board of Trustees designated more than $70,000 to replace the roof on the Bowman Science Building and other urgent capital needs.

"Great things continue to happen for Lees-McRae College! I am grateful to alumni in the Golden Heritage Society for their pledge in support of the roof replacement project on our historic buildings. This work is critically important as we strive to remain competitive in the marketplace," said President Buxton.

During the meeting, Carol Lowe Timblin '60 officially took over as chair of the Society. She follows the leadership of Karol Ogburn Laws '50 who successfully led the Golden Heritage Society through several fundraising projects including the Alumni Finder software project for the Advancement Office, the Lees-McRae College Veterans Memorial and furnishing The Alumni House.

For additional information about the Golden Heritage Society, the roof replacement fundraising project or how to make a gift to Lees-McRae College, contact Caroline Hart, vice president for advancement at or (828) 898-8777.

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