Inaugural Evening with Bryan event inspires attendees
First Bank of Tennessee sponsored the first Evening With Bryan, a dinner to enable local donors to the Bryan College Scholarship Fund to see the differences their donations have made to the students. Pictured left to right are Rick Farney, Dayton Rotary Club President-Elect Lebron Purser, Dr. Chris Horton, Paul Ardelean, Ralph Green and Bryan College Scholarship Fund Director David Holcomb.
Published: 3:25 PM, 02/07/2014
Last updated: 3:26 PM, 02/07/2014
Source: The Herald-News
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Bryan College Scholarship Fund’s Rhea County Regional Volunteers hosted the inaugural event, Evening with Bryan, in the Rhea County Room on the campus of Bryan College. Sponsored by First Bank of Tennessee, this dinner was the first of its kind and the first of many such opportunities that will enable local donors to see firsthand the incredible difference their contributions have made to students.
Evening with Bryan was emceed by Dayton Rotary President-Elect Lebron Purser. He and his wife, Rachel, contribute to the fund because they recognize the importance it carries that Rhea County volunteers help Rhea County students achieve higher education at an institution already in the community.
“It’s tremendous to see all the people involved with Bryan College [because the college] has become integrated into the fabric of our community [in Rhea County],” donor and Rhea County volunteer Dr. Chris Horton of Horton Family Medicine in Dayton said.
Attendees also heard alumni and staff testimonies speaking to the value of helping students obtain a Bryan education. Ralph Green, a member of Bryan’s board of trustees for over 20 years and a ’56 alumnus himself, noted that the friendships he built in college “have become a significant remembrance” in his life.
David Holcomb, the director of the Bryan Scholarship Fund, expressed the school’s overflowing gratitude for the volunteers’ generosity and willingness to get involved
“The story of the relationship between Bryan College and Rhea County is a wonderful, powerful story to tell, and it is an honor to work with such wonderful volunteers in our community to raise awareness for the Bryan Scholarship Fund,” Holcomb said.
Upcoming Evening with Bryan events will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 1, Atlanta, on March 15, Asheville, N.C., on March 21 and Charlotte, N.C., on March 22. For more information contact David Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org.