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Alumni Association offers donors naming opportunities at The Inn’s new bar
The Inn at Ole Miss is transforming its McCormick's cafe into a full-service bar. Naming opportunities are available.

The television sitcom Cheers was set at a fictional Boston bar that became known as the place “where everybody knows your name.”

Now, with naming opportunities available for donors at a soon-to-open bar inside The Inn at Ole Miss, University of Mississippi alumni and friends can have their own version of Cheers.

The Ole Miss Alumni Association announced plans in December 2019 for McCormick’s, a full-service bar, restaurant and lounge at The Inn, which was granted resort status in 2018. The bar is expected to open in August 2020.

Donors have an opportunity to have their names — or the names of others they want to recognize — placed in one of the most prominent locations in Oxford.

“Naming opportunities as well as membership in the Rebel Mug Club are still available,” said Clay Cavett, OMAA associate director. “Donors have the opportunity to help renovate this important space and make a lasting impression on everyone who walks through the doors of McCormick’s.”

Naming opportunities range from $10,000 to $50,000. Campaign giving levels start at $250, but gifts of any amount are welcome.

Membership in the Rebel Mug Club is $500 per member. Rebel Mug Club members will receive a 28-ounce commemorative ceramic mug featuring the new McCormick’s logo, 20-ounce draft beer for the price of a pint in McCormick’s, and the first 200 charter members’ names will be placed on a plaque visible to patrons. Gifts in support of McCormick’s are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

“Fortunately, we have been able to continue work on McCormick’s during the pandemic,” said OMAA Executive Director Kirk Purdom. “Once completed, it will serve as a cornerstone of the Alumni Association’s mission to foster community, communication and connections for current and future alumni and friends. It will also serve as an excellent entertaining space for event planners and groups that use our meeting spaces in The Inn at Ole Miss.”

This 2,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space includes a bar top handcrafted by alumnus Ben Napier, star of HGTV’s “Home Town,” that is sure to become a destination stop for visitors.

“A new ceiling, bar, lighting and decor are just a few of the many new additions to the space that create a warm, inviting gathering place for both hotel guests and the public to enjoy,” said Gaye Bukur, general manager of The Inn. “We can’t wait to show everyone the finished product.”

More details are available at For more information on the project, including naming opportunities, contact Clay Cavett at 662-915-1869 or

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