Fall 2007

Hodgeses accept Kenan performing arts challenge


Cheray and Luther Hartwell Hodges Jr. stand with Chancellor James Moeser after the unveiling of a plaque installed outside the entrance of Memorial Hall honoring the Hodges’ generous support of the arts and naming the newly renovated portico in their honor.

The arts inspire and enrich, enlighten and entertain. When the newly renovated Memorial Hall launched its inaugural season of the Carolina Performing Arts Series, it, too, was truly inspiring. Spectacular dance and theater events; famed performers and talented musicians helped usher in a new era for the arts at Carolina. Performances by singers Tony Bennett, Al Green and Bonnie Raitt and musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Wynton Marsalis accompanied by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are but a sampling of the programming that the Carolina Performing Arts Series has already brought to campus.

Such programming also inspired Luther Hartwell Hodges Jr. ’57 and his wife, Cheray Zauderer Hodges, to commit a $500,000 deferred gift towards an endowment aimed at supporting the programming needs of the performing arts at Carolina. The Hodgeses made the gift in response to a $5 million challenge from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and chose to name Memorial Hall’s portico for their family, including Luther’s father, the late Luther H. Hodges Sr., former governor of North Carolina. The portico was dedicated on Sept. 15 by Chancellor James Moeser, and a naming plaque was unveiled by the Hodgeses. To date, $4.7 million of the $5 million needed to trigger the Kenan match has been raised. The effort will end in conjunction with the Carolina First Campaign on Dec. 31. 

To make a gift, contact Priscilla Bratcher at 919-843-3307 or, or visit