The President's Honors Gala, MNU's premier annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarships, raised a record amount of more than $650,000 Friday, April 8, 2016. This is $75,000 more than was raised last year. Over the last five years generous donors have contributed more than $2.5 million through this event which includes sponsors, live and silent auctions and donations to the Scholarship Challenge.
Honorary co-chairs for the event were the Dr. Larry and Donna McIntire family (below) of Joplin, Missouri. Dr. McIntire is chairman of the Board of Trustees for MNU and a long-time supporter of Christian higher education at MNU.
Edgar and Maron Moore were honored posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Having generously supported many community and educational organizations in their lifetime, the couple provided for MNU in their estate planning. In December 2015, shortly after the passing of Maron, the university learned it would be the recipient of $9.5 million in assets from the Moore estate. This is the largest one-time gift in university history. MNU President David Spittal expressed his gratitude for this commitment from the Moores.
“I’m humbled by the tremendous sacrifice and investment that Edgar and Maron Moore have made,” Spittal said. “On the eve of our 50th anniversary as a university, the Moores have ensured that MNU’s future is brighter than ever.”
Among the sponsors of The President’s Honors gala were:
The Otto Theel Family
Tim and Gail Buchanan
The Dr. Larry and Donna McIntire Family
D.Ray and Elaine Cook Foundation
Olathe Medical Center
Fry Orthodontic Specialists
Dr. H. Chris and Janet Halvorson
Dr. Gary and Vickie Morsch
Pioneer College Caterers, Inc.
Plexpod (Gerald and Dianna Smith)
Ruckus Group (Ryan Chamberlin/Matt Johnson)