FLORENCE, S.C. – Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Florence has pledged $50,000 for the BB&T/Amelia Wallace Faculty-Alumni Cottage at Francis Marion University.
The money will be paid over five years and will allow for the naming of the Pepsi Guest Suite in The Cottage.
“As a longtime supporter of FMU and education in the Pee Dee area, Pepsi is delighted to make this contribution to the Faculty-Alumni Cottage,” said Frank Avent, president of Pepsi Cola Bottling of Florence. “This fine facility will help the university maintain and strengthen its ties to the community it serves.”
Pepsi and the Avent family have been supporters of FMU since the university’s beginnings. In 1977, the company established the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Scholarship, which is funded annually. Pepsi also established the A.R. Avent Chair in History in 1987, and contributes to the Patriot athletic program and numerous other university endeavors. Frank Avent is currently a member of the FMU Foundation Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
“The new Faculty-Alumni Cottage would not have been possible without the support of outstanding corporate citizens such as Pepsi,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “Frank Avent and his family are dedicated to education in the Pee Dee and they have always been there to support Francis Marion University. We are most thankful for their generous contributions.”
The Cottage is a 4,000-square-foot facility that serves as a gathering place for FMU faculty, staff, alumni and guests. Built with private donations, The Cottage has a large meeting room that accommodates approximately 65 people, a smaller dining room that seats 12 people, a hospitality suite that opens to a library, and two large guest bedrooms with private baths. The facility, operated by the FMU Foundation, is available for special events including meetings, conferences, training sessions, special luncheons or dinners, and receptions.
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