The 1,049 members of the Golden Heritage Society are alumni who have celebrated their 50th Golden Class Reunion. This increasingly engaged group of alumni has raised restricted funds over the years to support a variety of important initiatives on campus including the Veteran’s Memorial and refurbishing the Alumni House. During Alumni Frolic Week 2011, a committee of GHS members met and agreed to tackle a new campus project. The Golden Heritage Society is currently working towards a $105,000 goal to replace the roofs on the North Carolina Building, Tennessee Residence Hall, and Virginia Residence Hall.
North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee are very important in the life of Lees-McRae College. Preserving Lees-McRae’s heritage and properly maintaining these historic structures is a top priority of President and Mrs. Buxton. So far, just over $23,000 has been raised towards the $105,000 goal.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of many GHS members, the North Carolina Building now has a new roof. The total cost was $17,000. The roofs on Tennessee and Virginia cost $44,000 each. The roof on Tennessee had to be replaced before winter. Its condition was critical and negatively affecting the residential experience of those housed in Tennessee. Dollars raised from the GHS project will be used to offset the dollars used out of the College’s operating budget to replace the Tennessee roof. And finally, once the final $44,000 is raised, Virginia Residence Hall will get a new roof.
Improving the residential and academic spaces on campus continues to be a top priority. To contribute to this important project, please mail your gift to Office of Advancement, Lees-McRae College, PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604. To make your gift online, click here.