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Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center dedicated a bench to the late William Fanning, a patron and supporter of the arts programs there.

William and Carole Fanning attended nearly every performance at Flint Hall in the Falany Performing Arts Center as patrons of the center.

The Falany presented a bench last week in the late Bill Fanning’s memory, which was placed outside the center on the Reinhardt University campus. The Fannings, patrons and supporters of the center, were married over 50 years.

In addition to the bench, a dressing room will be dedicated to his memory. Carole Fanning’s previous generosity includes several chairs purchased for Flint Hall.

Earlier this year, Reinhardt University launched a Campus Bench Campaign to add benches throughout the University’s beautiful campus. The campaign provides opportunities for family and friends, with a donation of $5,000 or more, to place a bench in memory and/or honor of someone special, forever celebrating them.

“Bill had a great sense of humor and when he smiled it lit up the room,” said Jessica Akers, director of development. “He and Carole would always sit in the last row on the aisle so he could enjoy the music. Carole now brings friends to sit in their seats and enjoy the shows.”

Bill Fanning was a horn player, an avid model train collector and a golf enthusiast, and once caddied for Arnold Palmer.

Carole volunteers her time focusing on issues that were important to them both, including working with the Cherokee Homeless Veterans.

“Carole is one of the most amazing people,” Akers said. “She knits caps for NICU babies during concerts. She is a special person – never stops thinking of others.”

Through the donation of the bench, in front of their special place, the Falany Performing Arts Center, all will be reminded of the love between Bill and Carole – and their love of their community.

For more information about the campus bench campaign, call 770-720-5513 or email For other ways to give, please visit

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