FLORENCE---A Florence citizen who wants to remain anonymous has made a half-million dollar gift to the Francis Marion University Foundation in honor of the late Ashpy P. Lowrimore.
Lowrimore, who was regional president of BB&T, chaired the steering committee of FMU’s Campaign for Excellence until his untimely death in November.
“This anonymous donor and Ashpy Lowrimore are men cut from the same cloth,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “Through the years, both have done many wonderful things for our community, and yet neither sought personal attention or recognition for their outstanding generosity.”
He continued, “We are most appreciative for this gift to our capital campaign, and we will use the funds to establish a lasting tribute to Ashpy Lowrimore.”
Lowrimore’s widow Carolyn said she was “stunned but most happy” that someone thought so much of Ashpy to want to honor his memory in this way. “Ashpy would be very pleased that someone has provided this generous support to Francis Marion, because he felt the university is one of our community’s most treasured institutions,” she said.
Carter said that the money will be used to renovate the 260-seat auditorium and the auditorium lobby in Cauthen Educational Media Center and to upgrade the technology of the facility. CEMC has not been remodeled since it was occupied in 1977.
This auditorium is used regularly for campus and community events and will be named in honor of Lowrimore. In addition, a fountain and reflecting pool will be constructed in the courtyard area outside CEMC to give a sense of ambience in that area of the campus.
“This gift will be used to enhance the courtyard area between the Media Center and Hyman Fine Arts Building,” said Carter. “The fountain and reflecting pool will include some sitting areas and will give students a quiet place to gather in the center of the campus.”
The gift puts the University’s Campaign for Excellence well over the $6 million mark in the first year in its quest to raise $12 million over a five-year period.
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