DENMARK — Voorhees College raised more than $140,000 leading up to its 2017 Homecoming weekend activities Nov. 10-12.
The total includes a check for $86,049 from the National Alumni Association, a gift from alumnus Sen. Ronnie Sabb for $40,000 and reunion gifts from the class of 1972 for $12,250 and the class of 1977 for $2,525. Also, the Sigma Theta Alumni Association of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presented a check for $2,500.
“We are thankful for the generosity from Voorhees College alumni, friends and community members. Valuable supporters like these ensure we continue to progress in the right direction of becoming a premier liberal arts institution,” President Dr. W. Franklin Evans said. “Homecoming was very successful, and next year we want an increase of alumni support to continue providing a quality and affordable education to our students.”
One of the highlights for students and alumni during homecoming was the double victory of the Lady Tigers and the Men's Tigers. The Lady Tigers took on the Bob Jones University Lady Bruins, defeating them 59-43. The Tigers took on the Point University Skyhawks, defeating them 89-75.
The 2017 Hall of Fame honorees were recognized during the game. The honorees were James Weldon, Karen Donnelle Mack, Elizabeth Pressley Orr and Charles B. Brown. One honoree was recognized posthumously, the late Christine Nimmons Richberg. The Hall of Fame Banquet, which recognized the Hall of Fame honorees, raised more than $30,000.
The 2017 grand marshals, Jerome and Carnella Geathers, were also recognized during the game. Earlier this year, Jerome Geathers, his wife, Carnella, and their children, Rachel and Brian, established a $100,000 endowed scholarship for Voorhees College from Geathers Enterprises Inc.
Another highlight was the unveiling of the National Alumni Association landmark for its 10 Under 40 program. The Voorhees College 10 Under 40 Young Alumni Recognition Program recognizes young alumni who are leading the way in business, government leadership, the community, education, politics, the humanities and/or philanthropic endeavors. Members of the inaugural class of 10 Under 40 were Megan Freeman, Monika Lamb, Litany Lineberry, Dr. Michael A. Smith and Maj. Tommie Williams.
The Voorhees College Reunion Choir Concert brought alumni from across the country back to campus to participate in a fundraiser specifically for the Voorhees choir. During the reunion concert, the alumni choir as well as the current concert choir sang various selections. The reunion concert raised approximately $3,000.
The Homecoming golf tournament was postponed until Friday, Nov. 17 because of weather conditions.
For more information on homecoming, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.