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Union dedicates Fesmire Fields at reunion baseball game – Fesmire Foundation is also announced

JACKSON, Tenn.May 1, 2002 – Union University recently held a dedication honoring longtime university supporters Benny and Norma Fesmire at this year’s Jackson Alumni “Ole Timers” reunion baseball game and picnic, Saturday, April 27.

Both the baseball and softball fields will be known as Fesmire Fields, in tribute to the couple, who gave more than $400,000 for construction and renovation including new stadium seating, lights and dugouts.

“We appreciate the generous contribution and support of Benny and Norma Fesmire for Union University – especially the support for the state of the art athletic field,” said Union Board of Trustees Chair Jack Holmes. “We are deeply grateful for their interests and efforts to advance the support of the work of the university and especially excited about the potential of the Fesmire Foundation for Union’s future.”

Though neither are Union graduates, the Fesmires came to be great friends of the university due to their friendship with Union coach and athletic director David Blackstock.

During the dedication, the university, together with the Fesmires, publicly announced the Fesmire Family Foundation, a fund which has the potential to be a “transformational gift” and will provide support to various programs and building projects on Union’s campus, said Union University President David S. Dockery.

“We are grateful to God for the way He has blessed us,” said Fesmire, who was recently named trustee emeritus by Union’s Board of Trustees. “Throughout the years we have seen the impact Union has had on the lives of young people. We believe in the mission of Union and hope this foundation can enhance that mission.”

Norma Fesmire and Coach David Blackstock hold the ribbon as Benny Fesmire and Union Board of Trustee Chairman Jack Holmes cut the ribbon during a recent dedication service for Fesmire Fields.

Norma Fesmire and Coach David Blackstock hold the ribbon as Benny Fesmire and Union Board of Trustee Chairman Jack Holmes cut the ribbon during a recent dedication service for Fesmire Fields.


Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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