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Mrs. Grissom’s Salads Secures Lifetime Naming Rights

October 27, 2014

PULASKI, Tenn. – Last Saturday marked a historic afternoon at the East Campus as Martin Methodist formally recognized and dedicated its soccer game and practice fields with a dedication ceremony prior to its doubleheader against conference rival Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.).

Mrs. Grissom’s Salads, Inc. secured the lifetime naming rights to the RedHawk Men and Women’s Soccer game field, which will now officially be referred to as Grissom Pitch.

The dedication furthered what was already a long, loving, and meaningful relationship with the Grissom family, initiated by Mrs. Grace Grissom, the founder and president of Mrs. Grissom’s Salads for 50 years.

“Martin Methodist College has had no greater friend than Grace Grissom,” Martin Methodist College President Dr. Ted Brown said. “Over the years she was a devoted trustee, skillful chair of the board, generous benefactor and enthusiastic cheerleader. She was also a wonderful role model for our students as a successful business woman and committed United Methodist. We are so thankful for our relationship with Grace and Mrs. Grissom’s Salads.”

The late Mrs. Grace Grissom and her late husband, Herbert, were generous benefactors to Martin Methodist College through the years, beginning with the construction in 1975 of the Grissom Gazebo in honor of daughters Herberta and Sylvia.

The couple expanded their gifts in 1984 with addition of the the Grace Grissom Natatorium as part of the Curry Christian Life Center. Finally, the couple served as the lead gift in the reconstruction of Colonial Hall, which was dedicated as Herbert and Grace Grissom Colonial Hall.

Ken Funger, CEO of Mrs. Grissom’s Salads, has secured the naming rights to Grissom Pitch in memory of the daughters of Herbert and Grace Grissom. The reflection of excellence and character will forever live within the Grissom Pitch in the memory and recognition of Sylvia and Herberta.

In addition to a welcome banner affixed to the press box, a welcome sign has been placed on the fence just beyond the entrance to Grissom Pitch.

“Martin Methodist College is sincerely thankful for the trust, confidence, and support of our vision that Mr. Ken Funger has shared with our institution,” RedHawks Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain said. “Ken has genuinely helped us make something great become much greater.”

A formal bronze plaque will soon be placed at the entrance gate to the Grissom Pitch to designate this legacy.

The RedHawks capped their dedication Saturday with two victories over Auburn-Montgomery as the Women’s Soccer team claimed a 1-0 overtime win while the Men’s Soccer team secured a 3-1 upset over the third-ranked Warhawks.

Over 300 people were on hand to attend the ceremony and watch the RedHawks in their final home regular season contests in what proved to be a truly great day to be a RedHawk.