Thanks to Our Expansion Fund Major Donors

Many thanks to our Founding Major Donors, those who made major contributions to our Nature Center Expansion Fund during the first year of our campaign.  Their support has allowed us to proceed with five of our major exhibits as well as the classroom/learning center, all of which will be complete when the new building opens in October.

Oak (Champion) – $25,000+

Massengill-DeFriece Foundation

Anne and Ben Cowan


Blue Stocking Club

Maple (Benefactor) – $10,000-$24,999

Lea and Rush Powers

The Friendship Family of Dealerships

Joe and Sandy Armstrong

  Chestnut (Sponsor) – $5,000-$9,999

Wallace Coffey Memorial Fund

Bill and Sonie Schermer

Margaret and Robin Feierabend

Don and Gina Shawl

Spike Tickle

 Hemlock (Patron) – $2,500-$4,999

AT&T Tennessee

Blue Ridge Garden Club

Bristol Herald Courier (In-kind)

Citizens Bank

Eastman Credit Union

Marcia and Marvin Gilliam Jr.

Carolyn Hanlon (In-kind)

Myers and Jan Massengill

Connie Mergel

Optimist Club of Bristol

Carol and Doug Taylor

John and Karen Vann

Audrey and Sarfraz Zaidi

We greatly appreciate these very generous donors, as well as the hundreds of other contributors who have helped us reach almost 50% of our overall goal.

But we still need lots of help! 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a major donor, please contact us by e-mail ( or by phone (423-764-8828).  You may also contribute online or by mail, or make a pledge online.


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