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BSC Foundation Celebrates the Inauguration of “The Pillars,” its Planned Giving Society (w/photos)

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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Mrs. Grace Toler (left) and Mr. Thomas Mack were featured presenters at a recent ceremony announcing the creation of “The Pillars,” the planned giving society of the Bluefield State College Foundation.  The late Mrs. Lola Mack, the aunt of Mrs. Toler and Mr. Mack and the valedictorian of the College’s “Class of 1929,” provided the bequest that funded the creation of the Bluefield State College Foundation.

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During a recent ceremony to announce the creation of “The Pillars,” the planned giving society of the Bluefield State College Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Carl and Selba Boyd were honored for their support of the College.  The activity was a featured event in the College’s Commencement weekend.

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During a recent ceremony to announce the creation of “The Pillars,” the planned giving society of the Bluefield State College Foundation, Deborrah Pittman, Professor and Department Head of Computer Science at Bluefield State College, was honored for her support of the College.  The activity was a featured event in the College’s Commencement weekend.

(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College Foundation honored donors of estate gifts and inaugurated “The Pillars,” its planned giving society, during a ceremony attended by alumni, donors, and College employees in the (as-yet unnamed) Study Lounge of Wendell G. Hardway Library.  The activity was a featured event in the College’s Commencement weekend.

The BSC Foundation was created in 1969 and funded by a bequest from Lola Lavender Mack. Her niece and nephew, Mrs. Grace Toler and Thomas Mack, received a commemorative pin in her honor and spoke briefly about their aunt.

Lola Mack was Valedictorian of the Class of 1929 at Bluefield State Teachers College. The College immediately hired her, and she served as president of the Women’s Grand Worthy Counsellors of Calanthe of West Virginia for 33 years. An entrepreneur, Mrs. Mack owned real estate and other properties in Bluefield and Charleston, West Virginia, and established the Excelsior Cosmetic Company. She passed away in 1965.

Also recognized posthumously were Othello Maria Harris-Jefferson, Billy G. Moore, Daniel S. Stevens, Katharine Baker Tierney and Bertha Underwood.  Foundation Board member Susie Guyton accepted a pin in Harris-Jefferson’s memory.

Receiving The Pillars pins as charter members of the society were Carl and Selba B. Boyd and Deborrah Pittman, Professor and Department Head of Computer Science. Several other donors not in attendance were also recognized.

“We ask that individuals who have remembered the BSC Foundation in their estates let us know their plans,” said Karen Harvey, Executive Director of the BSC Foundation. “This is often the largest gift a donor ever makes, and it’s very important that we express our gratitude while they are still with us.

“This is how a person creates a legacy, and it means that they care about the College as much as they do their family.”

A donor tree, with individuals’ names on the leaves, will be installed in the Library. For information on how to include the BSC Foundation in an estate, or to notify the Foundation of inclusion in estate plans, please contact Harvey at 304-327-4031 or kharvey@bluefieldstate.edu.