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Waccamaw Brick contributes to CCU construction

May 25, 2005

Waccamaw Brick, a division of Palmetto Brick Company, has donated bricks to be used in campus construction projects that were initiated as part of Coastal's 50th Anniversary Initiatives, a capital campaign to raise funds to support the university.

The bricks will be used in finishing work on Coastal's baseball stadium and on the Graham Family Bell Tower. Both projects were made possible by gifts the university received through the recent fundraising campaign.

Improvements to the baseball field are the result of a gift from retired CCU faculty member and coach John Vrooman. The installation of the bell tower on campus was made possible by gifts from the family of Harvey Graham Jr. of Loris and from Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T).

"This generous gift from Waccamaw Brick will allow Coastal to put the finishing touches on these projects," said Danny Nicholson, Coastal's vice president for University Advancement. Coastal's 50th Anniversary Initiatives, which had an original goal of $10 million, brought in just over $13 million. The campaign, the largest in Coastal's history, was designed to raise private funds to support the academic, physical and athletic needs of the university.

Headquartered in Cheraw, Palmetto Brick Company is South Carolina's largest family owned and operated brick manufacturer. The company has five divisions: Roger Moore Division in Wilmington, N.C.; Union Masonry Division in Monroe, N.C.; Florence Division in Florence; Waccamaw Brick in Myrtle Beach; and Palmetto Brick in Cheraw.