President's Honors 2017 Sets New Record

Apr. 12, 2017 - by Carol Best

President's Honors, MNU's premier fundraising gala for student scholarships, set a record again! A total of $709,126 was raised through sponsorships, bids and gifts April 7, 2017. This brings the total amount raised for President’s Honors over the last six years to more than $3.2 million.

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All of MNU's living past presidents were in attendance and together with current president, Dr. David Spittal, they honored the community of Olathe with the first-ever Pioneering Spirit Award. A video commemorating the partnership between Olathe and MNU was shown at the event and can be viewed at this link

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"As an expression of our gratitude and in recognition of the significant impact this vibrant city has had on the university during our first 50 years, it is my privilege to honor the community of Olathe by presenting the 2017 Pioneering Spirit Award," Spittal said. "This year's award recipient, though broad in scope, recognizes the critical importance of individuals rallying together and moving forward with a common commitment to blaze new trails to achieve the dreams and hopes of a new generation." Accepting on behalf of the community was 1984 MNU graduate, Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland (second from right, above). 

Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were community leaders Dr. Bob and Julie Drummond. Early in their careers Bob, now an accomplished CEO, educator, fundraiser, counselor, and Julie, a retired Olathe public school teacher, served at MNU as resident educators. In ensuing years Bob would serve as an administrator, professor and department chair, and finally vice president for campus life at MNU, before taking the helm of KidsTLC in Olathe, where he was president and CEO until he retired in 2014.

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“We’re humbled and honored to serve as this year’s honorary co-chairs for President’s Honors,” Bob said. “The value of having MNU in Olathe is immeasurable. So many of Olathe’s civic leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, public servants, business owners and other citizens have benefitted from an MNU education. We want to do whatever we can to help the university assist more students to have that experience.”

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The evening ended with the Scholarship Challenge when brisk bidding provided additional scholarship dollars for students. Click on any of the above photos to view a photo gallery of the evening. The date for the 2018 President's Honors will be April 13, 2018. 

Event organizers wish to thank the 2017 President's Honors sponsors including:


LEGACY SPONSORS:
Webb & Associates

PRESENTING SPONSORS
Tim & Gail Buchanan

PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Barkman Honey
D. Ray & Elaine Cook Family Foundation
Olathe Medical Center
Beulah Theel

GOLD SPONSORS:
Robert & Mable Austin
Dr. Bob & Julie Drummond
Fry Orthodontic Specialists
Dr. Chris & Janet Halvorson
Dr. Larry & Donna McIntire
Chuck & Kathy Nunamaker
Pioneer College Caterers
Plexpod/Dr. Gerald & Dianna Smith
QTS
Ruckus Group/Matt Johnson & Ryan Chamberlin
Allen & Madeline Tollefson

SILVER SPONSORS:
City of Olathe
College Church of the Nazarene 
Dr. Cary & Dawn Murphy 
Bob & Mira Sisson 
Warren Hannon Jeweler/Richard & Sherry Hannon

BRONZE SPONSORS:

All Seasons Event Rental
Ashgrove Cement
Harlan C. & Jason S. Parker State Farm Insurance Agencies
Hephner TV & Electronics
Lawing Financial Group
McCownGordon Construction
Olathe Chamber of Commerce
PGAV Architects
Precision Printing
QTS
Dr. David & Donna Spittal

 And 29 table sponsors. 

 

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