CU Foundation Thanks Donors for Scholarship Support
Athens, W.Va. – The fifth annual Donor Appreciation Banquet was held Monday, April 10, in the Student Center Ballroom. Concord University Foundation Chair David A. Barnette welcomed nearly 200 guests to the annual dinner that honored those who established scholarships for students at Concord University. Students who were recipients of the scholarships were also in attendance.
Pastor Stanley Metz from the Athens Church of God provided the invocation and the ConChords, under the direction of Dr. Kelly Hudson, provided entertainment.
“In 1988, Dr. Beasley introduced a ‘Quest for Scholars.’ He did this to raise awareness for going to college and to raise scholarship dollars,” stated former Senator Homer K. Ball. “Later … we formed a committee and launched a golf tournament in 1991 that has raised over $200,000 in scholarship dollars with the help of many local companies. This year, 25 students are receiving scholarships [because of the golf tournament]. This is small in comparison to what some are giving but it points out that each one of us has the power to help Concord students.”
Next, student speakers provided motivational remarks for the guests.
Holly Damron, a student from Oak Hill, talked about her challenges in attaining a college education. “My mom and pawpaw always taught me that nothing was impossible if I worked hard enough and to always put my best foot forward. Now mind you, they are not individuals with a long list of degrees after their names but my mom and pawpaw are wise. They have the wisdom born of a life of decency, integrity and love. [With the encouragement of my family] college became a viable option. . . .” she noted. She plans to attend medical school after graduating from Concord.
“What do you think the possibilities would be that a young boy from McDowell County would be able to one day accomplish his dream of becoming a teacher in the Middle East? Well I’m here to tell you that this young boy is well on his way,” stated Antonio “Tony” Wright from Northfork.
Next, Mr. Barnette announced the first recipient of the “Concord University Foundation Recognition Award.”
“Tonight we are here to honor people who have made significant efforts that were not called for or requested,” stated Mr. Barnette. He and Concord University President Jerry Beasley then awarded J.W. “Bill” Anderson the first Recognition Award for his contribution to the Concord University athletic program by building the baseball field in the early 1980s. Mrs. Ruby Anderson, widow of Bill’s brother John C. “Jack” Anderson, accepted special recognition, also.
Anderson Field was dedicated on Saturday, April 25, 1981. The field was named in honor of Mr. J.W. “Bill” Anderson with Anderson and Anderson Contractors, Inc., who, under the administration of Business Manager Jack Grose and President Meredith N. Freeman (1976-1985), surprised the cash-strapped institution. Concord "kept waiting" for bills as the work progressed, however, none were delivered. Finally, when the final grading was done, Bill Anderson simply stated that there would be no billing! The facility initially included a baseball field, facilities for three softball diamonds, and a combination soccer field and practice football field. Restrooms, storage, baseball dugouts, and a scoreboard were also included.
In addition to Mr. Anderson and his wife, Paulena, Ruby Bondurant Anderson, Marsha Anderson Coppinger, Brad Coppinger and Jim Anderson were in attendance.
Concord President Jerry Beasley thanked those who made contributions to the scholarship program at Concord and noted the accomplishments of several graduates.
PHOTO: The Anderson family attended the Donor Appreciation Banquet at Concord. Family members include (left to right) Marsha Anderson Coppinger, Brad Coppinger, Ruby Anderson, Jim Anderson, J.W. “Bill” Anderson and Paulina Anderson.