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Collector's Foundation Gives $100K For Templeton Hall Restoration

posted May 23, 2005 in ACADEMICS

McPherson College has begun work to upgrade Templeton Hall which houses the four year Bachelor’s degree automotive restoration technology program. The Collectors Foundation, founded by Hagerty Classic Insurance, is providing a $100,000 gift toward the renovation project.

On May 6, the board of directors of the Collectors Foundation met on the McPherson College campus. One item under consideration was a proposal to help in the renovation of Templeton Hall. McKeel Hagerty, president of Hagerty Classic Insurance and a charter member of the college’s national advisory board for the automotive restoration program, reported that the board approved a $100,000 donation to go toward the capital enhancement of Templeton Hall. Renovations are scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the fall semester.

“It is the privilege of the Collectors Foundation board to make such an investment in the long-term interests of the car hobby. It is extremely important for this generation of car collectors to keep their hobby alive through support of programs like the Automotive Restoration programs at McPherson College. We are just taking the lead with this. The program will now be able to grow and accept more students wishing to study and work in automotive restoration...and they won’t have to suffer that mint green paint in the shops anymore!” President Hagerty said.

“The Collectors Foundation's $100K gift to the renovation of Templeton Hall will assist current and future students by creating a much improved learning environment. Following renovation, the facility will have better lighting, larger shop areas, upgraded electrical capacity and firewalls, and comply with ADA and other building standards. These changes will enable the College to better serve the growing student population in the Auto Restoration program. The ongoing support of the Collector's Foundation helps make all of this possible. McPherson College and our students salute the many policyholders of Hagerty Insurance who have given to make this generous contribution possible,” McPherson College President Ron Hovis said.

For further information please contact Jonathan Klinger at (620) 241-0742 ext. 1254.

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