Banquet stresses importance of giving



November 7, 2014 - 12:00 AM

The importance of giving was highlighted Thursday at the Allen Community College endowment scholarship luncheon. Scholarship donors and scholarship recipients visited over lunch.
Iolan Mary Kay Heard was the keynote speaker at the banquet. Heard came to Iola in 1944 when her parents purchased the Western Auto Associate Store, which her family ran for 65 years. Heard and her husband, David, are graduates of ACCJC.
Heard said the endowment association isn’t possible without those willing to give.
Giving doesn’t always come in monetary donations, she said. Sometimes donations of time is what needs to be given.
Heard has helped volunteer in the community for many years, most recently with the United for Excellence campaign which helped raise more than $2 million for medical equipment for the new Allen County Regional Hospital.
The cast from the Allen musical, “Shrek,” provided entertainment during lunch.
New scholarship pledges were recognized by Cindy Adams, director of development. Those pledges were: Jeff Dieker Scholarship, John and Georgia Masterson Scholarship, Craig and Georgia Abbott and Ron and Kristin Ballard Athletic Scholarship and the Brigitte Dietz-Linville Scholarship.

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