Chair Appeal | Mechanics' Institute

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Chair Appeal

Our Chess Room is the oldest dedicated chess club in the United States and needs new chairs. Many are broken or in poor condition after 80 years of constant use. In order to replace them we need your help.

Take advantage of this opportunity to commemorate a loved one, or honor a person, family, or business, by naming a chair in either the world-renowned Chess Room or the Meeting Room of the Mechanics’ Institute.

Your gift will entitle you to an engraved, brass, personalized nameplate mounted on the back of a Mechanics’ Institute chair.

This opportunity is available for a donation of $500 per chair.

When you sponsor a seat, we will acknowledge your gift to the recipient of your choice. Chair Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

You can dedicate a chair

  • 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 an employee, friend or colleague
  • Or with your favorite quotation

*Note: Chair name recognition does not guarantee that particular chair for chess or programs.


Dedication, up to 23 characters per line and up to 3 lines — as it should appear on the plaque: