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Bethune-Cookman University to Honor Governor Rick Scott and Other Outstanding Leaders

B-CU Expects Historical Attendance for its 3rd Annual Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala
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Bethune-Cookman University will welcome hundreds of community supporters for its upcoming Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala.  This year's honorees are Governor Rick Scott, Mr. Tony Jenkins, Ms. Lucille O'Neal, Mr. Jeff Feasel and Rev. Dr. Gerald Lord.  These leaders will be recognized for their dedication and continuous contribution to education and the community.  The third annual affair is Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at the Ocean Center (101 N. Atlantic Ave) in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Tickets and more information are available at   
Governor Rick Scott will receive the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Leadership Award. Governor Scott is the 45th governor of the State of Florida. His focus is to create jobs to turn the state's economy around.  Scott has shown consistent support of higher education and has also developed a reputation for providing affordable, high quality care to the community. As Governor, he brings visions for efficiency and quality to all residents of Florida.
Ms. Lucille O'Neal will receive the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Beacon of Light Award. Lucille O'Neal has a passion for caring for others who are less fortunate. She is an active mother of four adult children and a grandmother of fifteen.  Ms. O'Neal is heavily involved in numerous youth oriented projects, as well as, community service projects and organizations such as the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Orlando, and the Florida Hospital Foundation. She is a graduate of B-CU and member of the Board of Trustees.
Rev. Dr. Gerald Lord will receive the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Lifetime Achievement Award.  Lord is a long-time advocate for collegiate education and its ministries.  He recently retired as Associate General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Before going to the general board, Lord was Vice President of the Commission on Colleges, the unit of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools responsible for the accreditation of approximately 800 postsecondary degree granting institutions in the eleven-state southern region.
Mr. Tony Jenkins will receive the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Philanthropy Award. Tony Jenkins is Florida Blue's Market President for the Central Florida Region and is instrumental in leading this market in developing a business plan to increase and retain membership, enhance brand visibility and coordinate employee engagement. Tony Jenkins is very active in the Orlando community. He has served as the past chair for United Arts of Central Florida and he is the current board chair for Florida Institute for Community Studies.
Mr. Jeff Feasel will receive the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Award.  Feasel is President & Chief Executive Officer of Halifax Health.  Feasel has a long history of providing visionary and strategic leadership within the healthcare industry and is responsible for the governance of many industry associations.  As an education advocate, he has served on the Bethune-Cookman University Business Advisory Board and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala has become one of the university's most anticipated events.  It welcomes a diverse group of people who have a common goal to support education and academic excellence.  

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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