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
Janet and Jim Ayers
Congressman Diane Black and Dr. David L. Black
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
C.T.C. Jr. Trust
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
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
Speaker Beth Harwell and Mr. Sam Harwell
Crissy and Bill Haslam
Haslam Family Foundations
Ellen B. Hudson
Sam Huffman, Jr.
Martha Rivers Ingram
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Walter and Sarah Knestrick
Rodney and Dell Lawler
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.
Justin and Valere B. Potter Foundation
Aubrey and Michele 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
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.”