At a recent gathering of almost 30 special invited guests at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College, Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, announced that Mike West, founding partner of NorthShore Management Company, had agreed to help raise $250,000 to name the Special Events Room at the Center in honor of long-time University of Tennessee Football Coach and his wife, Phillip and Vicky Fulmer.
“This seemed like a fitting way to honor a couple that has given so much of their lives to East Tennessee,” said West.
The Fulmers, who are residents of Maryville, both stated publically that they had no idea what an impressive facility the Center was until the gathering.
“This is truly an amazing space,” Fulmer said. “Vicky and I are both so honored by this effort. We look forward to being a part of the Clayton Center for the Arts for many years to come.”
People who would like to make a tax-deductible gift towards West’s goal can do so by visiting www.maryvillecollege.edu/giving and clicking the icon for online giving. (Donors are asked to indicate “Fulmer Fund” in the comments section.) People may also mail their gifts to Fulmer Fund, The Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37804.
At the gathering, Clayton reminded attendees that $6 million remains to be raised for the $47-million facility, which has been constructed through a partnership of the College, the cities of Maryville and Alcoa, and state and federal governments. The Center celebrates the art and culture of the Appalachian region by serving as a venue for local musicians, performers and artists.
For more information about the Fulmer Fund or other naming opportunities, visit www.claytonartscenter.com/individual-giving or contact Holly Jackson-Ludlow, Maryville College’s vice president for advancement and community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-273-8884.