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     Celebrate a loved one, honor an arts lover, or give a gift to the person who has everything with a seat donation that leaves a legacy.  These seats have never been available for naming, so now is your chance!

Tipton Arts Council invites you to take part in an exciting opportunity to support its capital campaign and The Historic Ruffin Theatre in an affordable, meaningful way by participating in the Take-A-Seat campaign.  Seat sponsorship will generate funds for immediate use to support performances and ongoing maintenance and programming at The Historic Ruffin Theatre.

     You have the opportunity to Take-A-Seat in the spotlight and enjoy having your name, a sentiment, anniversary date, or the name of another person you wish to honor laser-engraved on an elegant plaque placed on the arm of a theatre seat.  The engraving you select guarantees that you or your loved one will be a visible part of this historic and dynamic theatre for years to come.  This lasting tribute will help sustain our beautiful theatre.

Be serious or poetic, sentimental or clever.  You can dedicate a seat:

  • As an individual, couple, or family

  • For your children, grandchildren, or parents

  • In memory of a loved one

  • With the name of your business or organization

  • Marking a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion

  • To honor a retiring employee with your favorite quotation


Seat naming rights will be in effect for a minimum of 10 years.


     Event seating is not guaranteed in chairs bearing specific names.  We have the right to reject any seat name where the proposed text for the engraved plaque contains unacceptable language and/or does not abide to TAC’s standards.


Tipton Arts Council is a 501[c] 3 nonprofit organization. Our Federal ID Number is 58-1387848 .  Contributions to Tipton Arts Council Take-A-Seat campaign at The Historic Ruffin Theatre are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Tipton Arts Council is registered with the Bureau of Charitable organizations.  A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Tennessee Secretary of State. Registration does not imply endorsement.




What do I receive when I make a gift to the Take-A-Seat campaign?

Each gift is commemorated with a personalized nameplate with text of your choice on each seat purchased.


What will be on my nameplate?

Each personalized nameplate has space for 3 lines with a maximum 20 characters per line. You may choose to place your own name, or you may wish to honor someone.

Where will the nameplate be placed?

Your nameplate will be placed on the arm of the chair, clearly visible to others.


May I choose the seat?

You can select the area of preference such as Isle/Floor, Front Row, General Floor, or Balcony seats on the seating chart and then “check out”. We will attempt to honor all seat location requests on a first-come, first-served basis.


Do you offer discounts for multiple nameplates?

Yes, we are offering a 10% discount for a purchase of 2 or 3 nameplates and a 15% discount for 4 or more.

Will the seat I name become my seat for actual performances?

No.  This campaign is a naming opportunity only and does not include tickets or seat assignments for performances or events.


What forms of payment are accepted?

Check and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.


What if my employer has matching gifts?

Please note that employer matching gifts cannot be used to reach the required contribution amount to name a seat.


How to Take-A-Seat

ONLINE: Complete this online form, choose your seat and pay by credit card or send check as noted below.
TELEPHONE: Please call  Denise Gibson 901-494-6141 with the exact information that you would like engraved on the plaque(s) and complete credit card information.
TAKE-A-SEAT CAMPAIGN FLYER: Please print and complete this form, send it with your check or money order made payable to to:

Take-A-Seat Campaign
PO Box 203
Covington, TN 38019
For further assistance, please contact Denise Gibson at

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