MORE THAN $25 MILLION COMMITTED IN PRIVATE DONATIONS TO NEW TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM PROJECT

MORE THAN $25 MILLION COMMITTED IN PRIVATE DONATIONS TO NEW TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM PROJECT

 
 
Supporters include corporations, foundations and individuals from across the state
 
Nashville, TN — The Tennessee State Museum today announced that fundraising efforts for the new museum have progressed well, with more than $25 million committed by corporations, foundations and individuals statewide during the campaign’s initial “silent phase.” 
 
“It is exciting to have more than half of our goal committed, and we look forward to broadening our fundraising efforts now that the first phase is complete,” Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Ashley Howell said. 
 
“A great state deserves a great museum, and we are building a 100-year museum that will provide a memorable experience to visitors of all ages,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “I am grateful to everyone who has supported the project to date, and appreciate their commitment to this educational asset for Tennessee.”
 
Early supporters making commitments to the new Tennessee State Museum during this initial phase of the campaign include:
 
Clare Corson Armistead
 
Ambassador Victor H. Ashe, II
 
AT&T
 
AutoZone
 
Janet and Jim Ayers
 
Congressman Diane Black and Dr. David L. Black
 
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
 
Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
 
CoreCivic
 
C.T.C. Jr. Trust
 
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
 
FedEx
 
First Tennessee Foundation
 
William H. Freeman
 
Senator Bill and Tracy Frist
 
The Frist Foundation
 
Norma M. Gant
 
Howard C. Gentry
 
Many-Bears and Ernest L. Grinder
 
HCA Healthcare
 
Speaker Beth Harwell and Mr. Sam Harwell
 
Crissy and Bill Haslam
 
Haslam Family Foundations
 
Ellen B. Hudson
 
Sam Huffman, Jr.
 
IBM
 
Martha Rivers Ingram
 
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
 
Walter and Sarah Knestrick
 
Rodney and Dell Lawler
 
Pam Lewis
 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Martin, Jr.
 
Dr. Paul and Carla McCombs
 
Representative Gerald D. McCormick
 
Representative Stephen K. McDaniel
 
Stuart and Leigh Anne McWhorter
 
Nissan North America, Inc.
 
Deanie Parker
 
Justin and Valere B. Potter Foundation
 
Aubrey and Michele Preston
 
David Preston
 
Representative Charles M. Sargent, Jr.
 
Tom and Jane Smith
 
Bob and Cathy Thomas
 
John Z.C. Thomas
 
Representative Ron and Mrs. Laura Travis
 
Christine Karbowiak Vanek
 
Verizon Foundation
 
Charles B. Welch, Jr.
 
Anne Potter Wilson Foundation
 
“It is also important to note that the construction and exhibit design is on time and on budget,” Haslam continued. “I am confident we are building a state museum that we will be proud of for years to come.” 
 
 
About the new Tennessee State Museum
Haslam proposed and the Tennessee General Assembly approved $120 million in the FY 2015-2016 budget for the new museum with an additional $40 million to be raised in private monies. 
The Tennessee State Museum currently hosts about 115,000 visitors each year.  The new museum is expected to host more than 220,000 visitors annually, adding to the growing menu of memorable and educational opportunities Tennessee has to offer.
The new museum, located on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, TN, is slated to open in late 2018.  More information about the new Tennessee State Museum can found at tnmuseum2018.org

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