Athens-Concord Town Social Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 07 2013
The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Concord University. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. The Elder Citizen Award is being presented to 92-year-old Athens resident Gipsie Lane. Mrs. Lane lived on Church Street in Athens while growing up. She and her husband, the late Dr. Charles Lane Sr., then lived on West Broadway Street for many years. She taught elementary school and he began a dental practice that their son continues to operate. Gipsie and her husband were married for 60 years. The couple raised five children, four daughters and a son. The elder three daughters all graduated from Concord. The Total Community Involvement Award is given yearly for service to both Concord University and to the Athens area. The Concord Baseball Team, coached by Andrew Wright, is receiving this award for 2013. The Mountain Lion players and coaches all committed around a year ago to fulfill a 1,000 Hour Community Service Project. Each player and coach was to spend 25 to 30 hours of their time during the 2012-2013 academic year helping out in the local community and on campus. They showed up in numerous places in and around Athens. Their final volunteer hours were completed on May 12, preparing the campus for Commencement Day by helping with last-minute landscaping and sprucing up the grounds. The baseball team won the conference championship, for the second time in three years, and set a new Concord record for wins in a season. The Business Longevity Award is being presented to Patrick "Steve" Lilly of Lilly Tax Service. Steve started his business in 1979 and he provides tax help to both individuals and small businesses. He began his career in tax preparation after taking accounting classes at UTEP while he was in the Army. He worked for the IRS for eight years before returning to his wife's home place in Speedway. Lilly received a degree in business from Concord in 1990. In 1996, he passed all four parts of the CPA exam in one sitting. The Lilly family has a long history at Concord. Steve's parents, he and his wife, and seven of their children went to Concord. The Athens Lions Club will announce recipients of the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award and the Beautification Award during the festivities. The Town Social Committee will award several scholarships to incoming Concord students from the Athens area.