Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament Raises $4,002 for Tryon Palace

Homebuilders Association of Craven and Pamlico Makes Donation, Plans 2015 Event

NEW BERN, NC – Oct. 28, 2014

The Homebuilders Association of Craven and Pamlico Counties helped raise $4,002 for Tryon Palace during the inaugural Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament. 

Held Sept. 19 on the palace’s south lawn, the event drew 29 teams and numerous sponsors who were interested in showing support for Tryon Palace. Feedback from participants, sponsors and the community was so positive during the event that organizers have confirmed a return of the Governor’s Challenge in 2015.

“The partnership we’ve developed with the Homebuilders Association is a tremendous new asset for Tryon Palace,” said Tryon Palace Director Philippe Lafargue. “Not only do we see that value with the donation they were able to make from the tournament, but we’ve also seen a genuine interest from the group to help us facilitate some of the repairs that are necessary here on the site.”

Funds raised during the inaugural event will be dedicated to critical repairs needed at Tryon Palace’s garden maintenance building. 

Sponsors for the 2014 event included: New Bern Sun Journal, Blue Arbor, Island Essentials, Ward and Smith, P.A., Tyson and Hooks Realty, Advanced Water Systems-Kinetico, Brinn Glass, Eastern Aviation Fuels, Piedmont Natural Gas, Stubbs and Perdue, Trent Cadillac-Buick-GMC, Watermark Homes of North Carolina, Lawson’s Landing Café at the North Carolina History Center, Garris Evans, Adkins Dentistry, Pella Windows, Guy C. Lee, Hardison and Hardison, Farm Bureau-Register Agency, Morgan’s Tavern, White and Allen, First Choice Benefits, Toyota of New Bern, Cella Ford, Courtyard Marriot, Peacock’s Plume, South Front Clothing, The Four C’s, and Chip Hughes for Sheriff.

Photo caption: Homebuilders Association of Craven and Pamlico Counties President Billy Russell (left) presents Tryon Palace Director Philippe Lafargue with a donation of $4,002.95, which was raised during the inaugural Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament on Sept. 19.

For more information, call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511
E-mail: cramey@tryonpalace.org
Web: www.tryonpalace.org

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: www.tryonpalace.org or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
 
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 
 
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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