Claflin Gala Kickoff Raises Nearly $180,000 for Scholarships

Updated: 6/27/2014 10:33 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2014

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Visionary Leadership Gala Kickoff Raises Nearly $180,000

for Claflin University Scholarships

A cheering crowd welcomed President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale to the kickoff for the 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala on Thursday in Ministers’ Hall.

A cheering crowd welcomed President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale to the kickoff for the 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala on Thursday in Ministers’ Hall.

Orangeburg, S.C. – Claflin University is honoring its president and first lady for their 20 years of dedicated service to the institution in a very special way – by ensuring that future generations of students have financial assistance to embark on their own visionary quests.

The University kicked off the fundraising portion of its 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala on Thursday in Ministers’ Hall. There, individuals, organizations and businesses pledged their financial support to the Gala and its cause – to raise $1 million in support of student scholarships and to establish an endowed chair in honor of President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale.

Nearly $180,000 was given or pledged for the cause during the kickoff.

“I’m proud to be a graduate of Claflin University,” Board of Visitors Chairman Clyde Bess said. “I’m proud because of the leadership that has been demonstrated through our president.”

Pictured are, from left, Clyde Bess, chairman of the Board of Visitors; Paul Fant, chairman of the Board of Trustees; James Bennett, chairman of The Campaign for Claflin University and Board of Trustees member; Lessie Price, member of the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees; and Janice Marshall, member of the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees.

Pictured are, from left, Clyde Bess, chairman of the Board of Visitors; Paul Fant, chairman of the Board of Trustees; James Bennett, chairman of The Campaign for Claflin University and Board of Trustees member; Lessie Price, member of the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees; and Janice Marshall, member of the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees.

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