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BSC Foundation Establishes “The Pillars” to Recognize Planned Giving Donors

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    Wednesday, April 29 2009
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College Foundation will posthumously honor donors who made gifts to the College through their estates in a brief ceremony and reception on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 4 pm in the Study Lounge of the Wendell G. Hardway Library. Alumni who have indicated that they will make testamentary gifts, including Carl and Selba Boyd, will also be recognized as charter members of The Pillars, the BSC Foundation’s planned giving society.

The BSC Foundation was created in 1969 with a bequest of $15,000 from Lola M. Mack, a 1929 alumna and former faculty member of Bluefield State College. Mrs. Mack earned a Masters Degree of Education from the University of Cincinnati and was the President of the Women’s District of Grand Worthy Counsellors of the Order of Calanthe of West Virginia. She also was an entrepreneur who owned real estate in Bluefield and Charleston, West Virginia, and formed the Excelsior Cosmetics Company.

The ceremony will also recognize the late Othello Maria Harris-Jefferson, a BSC faculty member who made the largest bequest gift to date of $140,000. The Student Center at BSC is named in her honor. The Pillars will also induct as charter members Mrs. Katharine Baker Tierney, Billy G. Moore, Daniel S. Stevens and Bertha Underwood.

Individuals who have included the BSC Foundation in their wills or other estate plans are encouraged to contact Karen Harvey, Executive Director, at 304-327-4031 so that they will be recognized as charter members of The Pillars. She can also provide information on how to make an estate gift. A codicil to an existing will is the simplest way to do so.