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Did you know the seats in Hardeman Auditorium are over 16 years old? In seat years, that puts them well past retirement age. Each summer, due to normal wear and tear caused by thousands of visitors each year, OC repairs and replaces several worn out seats in Hardeman auditorium with parts salvaged from chairs replaced through the years. While that strategy has worked well for the last 10 years, we’re about to run out of spare parts and the company we used to buy them from has gone out of business.

Don’t despair though! Recently a young, ambitious seat has arrived on campus direct from the factory to relieve one of the 1258 retirement-ready seats of its auditorium seating duties. Lumpy, pictured above, was the first Hardeman Auditorium seat to retire and he has already started living the good life. His days are now filled with traveling, gardening, golf, fishing, following his favorite NFL team, and spending time with his grandseats over at AMC Theater.

Although the retired life suits our friend Lumpy, he recently confided in a friend that his days, though full, are a bit lonely since leaving his friends in Hardeman Auditorium. Oklahoma Christian needs your help to let Lumpy’s friends and colleagues join him in retirement.

For every tax-deductible gift of $200.00 toward this effort, Oklahoma Christian will retire one Hardeman Auditorium seat and replace it with a new one. With your help, we hope to replace all of the seats in Hardeman in the summer of 2010.

By participating in the Retire a Seat campaign, you will leave a lasting mark on Hardeman Auditorium and Oklahoma Christian University. Because each new seat will feature a plaque engraved with your name or the name of a friend or loved one, this is a thoughtful and enduring way to honor or memorialize a loved one, recognize a family member, or pay tribute to an influential member of the faculty or staff. Did we mention that you’ll also be helping 1258 old chairs retire and see the world?

Hardeman Auditorium has been the center of campus life at OC for over 40 years. In addition to daily chapel services, Hardeman is used for many events including theater performances, Spring Sing, films, concerts, commencements, lectures, classes, public celebrations, holiday services, and much more. Very few objects on campus are used as often and as regularly as the seats in Hardeman Auditorium.

Please join this campaign by making a secure donation online or by contacting Michael Mitchell at 405-425-5126.

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