Thursday, October 6, 2011
Fund-raiser Saturday to benefit Chalmers
The Wrecking Ball, an event to preserve the historic Chalmers Institute, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Constructed in 1837, Chalmers Institute in Holly Springs was Mississippi’s first legislatively recognized university. Within these walls countless leaders, writers, educators, and citizens received the educational foundations that would help to shape their lives, careers, and region’s history. Its enrollment actively continued until 1879 when it became another casualty of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. It now awaits its next life as a contributing member of the community, with your help.
This Saturday, the grounds of Chalmers Institute will come alive during The Wrecking Ball, a fund-raising event dedicated to the preservation of one of the state’s most endangered, yet historically significant, structures. A host of artists, authors, musicians and historians have donated their appearances for the evening, including recording artist Shannon McNally (shannonmcnally.com).
The Wrecking Ball will not only highlight regional cultural treasures, but also provide dinner and beverages, a silent auction and live art auction, all emceed by radio personality Jim Dees of Oxford.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.visithollysprings.com/wrecking-ball. Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
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