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February 09, 2005   Email to Friend 

ALFA DONATES $120,000 TO MARION MILITARY INSTITUE
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
February 09, 2005

Alfa President Jerry Newby, left, reviews the cadets with officials from Marion Military Institute Wednesday morning. The building in the background, Lovelace Hall, is among the structures that will be renovated with Alfa's donation of $120,000.
MARION, Ala. -- Contributions from Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation are helping to refurbish Marion Military Institute (MMI), the nation's oldest military preparatory school and junior college.

Alfa's donation of $120,000 will be used to renovate three of the most prominent buildings on the campus -- Wilkerson Hall, Lovelace Hall and the MMI Chapel. Col. James H. Benson, U. S. Marine Corps (retired) who serves as president of MMI called Alfa's gift "extraordinary."

"This gift from Alfa helps us present our campus in the way we want it to be represented," Col. Benson said following a ceremony at the institute today. "The buildings that this money will be used for are some of the first things that people seen when they come here. This donation has been a tremendous help."

Alfa President Jerry Newby said the institute's rich heritage and history are something all Alabamians and the nation should be proud of.

"MMI is a great part of Alabama's rich heritage," Newby said. "Alfa is glad to help continue that heritage. We are proud of the tradition the institution has gained for producing great military leaders for our country and our state. We're happy to help it continue to serve young men and women and prepare them for life."

Located in Perry County, the institute is home to nearly 350 cadets and has gained a national reputation for developing young men and women into successful and prominent citizens and military professionals.


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