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Bethune-Cookman University Raises $5.2M at the 4th Annual Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala


Bethune-Cookman University hosted over 800 community supporters for the 4th Annual Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 19th at the Ocean Center (101 N. Atlantic Ave) in Daytona Beach. The annual affair recognized five award recipients: Senator Arthenia L. Joyner; Dr. Nelson Adams; Dr. Jacob F. Bryan, IV; Mr. Orlando Ashford; and Mr. Rufus Wilson. These leaders were recognized for their dedication and continuous contribution to education and the community. Additionally, B-CU raised $5.2M for the University. Donors such as Wayne Davis ($1M donor) and Darnell Dailey ($4M donor) contributed to the support of the university.

Senator Joyner, an attorney and the first African American woman to hold the position of The Florida Senate Democratic Leader for the 2014-2016 term, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Nelson Adams, a B-CU Trustee and passionate obstetrician & gynecologist who has delivered over 4,000 babies, received the Humanitarian Award. Community philanthropist and B-CU Trustee, Dr. J.F. Bryan, IV received the Philanthropy Award. Mr. Rufus Wilson, a B-CU Trustee, and university alumnus, received the Beacon of Light Award. Mr. Orlando Ashford, President and CEO of Holland America was the recipient of the Leadership Award.

Students from the B-CU Concert Chorale and Theatre Department presented musical and narrated selections for the elegant affair. Special acknowledgements were given by President Jackson in memorial of Dr. James E. Huger, Sr. a true B-CU icon and community activist. The evening closed out with a special presentation from student artist, Jamerika Ramsey. She presented custom sketched portraits of each honoree, in addition to an anniversary portrait for Dr. Jackson and Mrs. Jackson.

To view pictures from the event, click here

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About Bethune Cookman University:

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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