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Building a Second Center

Building a Second Center

In 1990, Paul D. Camp Community College approached the Children’s Center about donating property along Campbell Avenue in Franklin for a new and much larger center than the building at 507 Third Avenue.

“We knew space was a huge issue for us,” said Barbara Mease. “We really didn’t want to move out of town.” The Center accepted the land and began a fundraising campaign to place a new building on the land. The Center approached a significant donor for a naming opportunity. That donor was Texie Camp Marks.

“I had the good fortune to ask Texie Camp Marks if we could name the center after her,” said Dr. Mike Ponder, a former member of the Board of Directors. “That was a wonderful experience for me.” And so in 1993, the future Center on Campbell Avenue was named for “Miss Texie.” A host of other individuals, corporations, and grantors helped with the financing of the new building. On May 4, 1995, the Center held a groundbreaking for its new building. By December 1995, the new Center opened, and administrative offices were moved to the new building.

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