LAURINBURG, N.C. – On Thursday, March 2, St. Andrews hosted a reception for Tower Club members, an annual event for donors who give $1,000 or more to the St. Andrews Annual Fund. The event, usually held in the fall, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. Special recognition was given to the Laurinburg Area Campaign volunteer leadership who raised $506,949 for St. Andrews from the local community during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Beacham and Lynn McDougald, co-chairs of the Laurinburg Area Campaign, credit this accomplishment to the key volunteers, Wayne and Debbie Hobbs, Ken Nichols, Ann Todd, Carol Whitehead, Richard Massey, Emily Womble, Lee Howell, and Mac Doubles.
“We worked really hard to meet our goal and hope the new group beat us by a lot this year,” said Beacham.
Guest speaker for the event was Art Chansky, author and sportswriter who has covered basketball on Tobacco Road for more than thirty years. He read from his new book “Game Changers” revealing the controversy surrounding Dean Smith’s recruitment of the first African-American basketball player at UNC from the Laurinburg Institute, Charlie Scott.
Chansky held a book signing and offered one-on-one discussions from his lifetime of knowledge of UNC basketball.
Afterward, the 60 Tower Club members in attendance enjoyed hors d'oeuvres in the Main Belk Room to background music by Sean Moore, professor of music at St. Andrews, on a donated grand piano by two new community and Tower Club members.
Over 200 donors participated in the Laurinburg Area Campaign. The monies raised go toward the St. Andrews Annual Fund which affects every corner of the campus. The fund benefits students with financial aid and scholarships, campus improvements, faculty and staff support as well as new technology upgrades.
Campus President Paul Baldasare also thanked those in attendance and reminded them that tuition, room and board only covers 80% of the cost of educating a student, leaving 20% that must come from fundraising efforts. He then presented the McDougalds with an honorary St. Andrews chair with an engraved plaque acknowledging their leadership in the successful Laurinburg Area Campaign.
Charles and Ann Todd were announced as the new co-chairs for the 2016-2017 Laurinburg Area Campaign.
“It means a lot to me to have an alumna in a leadership role with an incredibly supportive husband who believes deeply in St. Andrews,” said Baldasare.
Ann, a graduate of St. Andrews, recognizes that “the community has always been so supportive of St. Andrews,” remembering those who fought to bring St. Andrews to Laurinburg.
“There are many things to enjoy here and in the fall we can come enjoy football games,” said Ann.
To view Art Chansky's reading, visit our Facebook page. Signed books are still available in our bookstore on campus.