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Media Advisory

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June 1, 2005 -- No. 266

Top donors get sneak peek, dinner
in newly renovated Memorial Hall

Thursday (June 2), 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall

Cameron Avenue (between Carolina Inn and Old Well)

UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Media representatives are invited to join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and Emil Kang, the university’s executive director for the arts, as they celebrate with major donors to the Memorial Hall renovation project.

Though not slated for completion until later this summer, Memorial Hall will open Thursday evening to those whose efforts raised about one-third of the funds that made the two-year renovation possible. Donors and their guests will have an opportunity to see their masterpiece in progress and share dinner on the Memorial Hall stage.

Nearly a third of the renovation costs – or $5.1 million – were covered by contributions by individual donors, many of whom will be on hand Thursday evening. In addition, $10.8 million was provided by the citizens of North Carolina through the Higher Education Bond Referendum, and the General Assembly, which provided $800,000 in planning dollars.

Memorial Hall’s gala opening is slated for Sept. 9-10. More information on the Memorial Hall project and upcoming performing arts season is available at: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may05/memorial050205.html.

Visuals and interview opportunities:

Visuals will include guests arriving – beginning at 6:30 p.m. –and enjoying a reception in the newly renovated lobby. After a dramatic opening of the doors to the hall shortly after 7 p.m., they will process into the auditorium and onto the stage for dinner. Chancellor Moeser will welcome guests as dinner is served. A student jazz trio will offer music for the reception; a student string quartet will perform during dinner.

The media availability will conclude by 7:30-7:40 p.m.

Architectural visuals include a reconfigured auditorium with expanded aisles for handicapped accessibility and chandeliers, returned from extensive refurbishing and currently lowered on electric winches. The lobby has been expanded, with public space added to each side of the hall and marble flooring. Grand new staircases, also marble, have been built. An elevator has been added as well. There are more restrooms just on the first floor than the entire building had before.

Moeser and Kang, as well as assorted donors to the renovation effort, will be available to discuss the project and the evening’s celebration.

Sound: No mult box or microphones will be provided.

Directions and parking: From Raleigh, exit I-40 onto N.C. 54 toward Chapel Hill, which becomes Raleigh Road. At the top of the hill, turn right at traffic light onto Country Club Road. Continue through next light, where the street name changes to Cameron Street. Follow Cameron past Memorial Hall (on left) to Swain Parking Lot on right, just before intersection with Columbia Street. Satellite trucks may elect to park by the Old Well and walk over to Memorial Hall.

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News Services contacts: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or on-site Thursday evening at (919) 638-0474; (broadcast) Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 or (print) LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589