B-CU Legacy Awards Gala set for Oct. 21

PENNY DICKERSON
DAYTONA TIMES

Bethune-Cookman University will present its Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala on Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Originated by B-CU President Edison O. Jackson, the gathering is now one of the university’s leading fundraisers. According to the school, the 2014 Legacy Gala raised $2.5 million, including a $1 million donation from the B-CU student body as a consequence of a referendum approved by the students to add a $30 endowment fee to their fees.

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Here are this year’s honorees. Descriptions are from a statement issued by B-CU.

Jeff Feasel, Humanitarian Award – Feasel was named president & chief executive officer of Halifax Health in 2005 and previously filled critical roles, including chief operating officer, president/CEO of patient business and financial services, and vice president of Halifax Community Health. His community leadership includes the Civic League of Halifax Area, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Daytona Beach Community Foundation, Healthy Communities Board, Halifax Insurance Plan Board, and the Florida State University Community Advisory Board.

Tony Jenkins, Philanthropy Award – Jenkins is market president for the Florida Blue’s Central Florida region. His career includes serving as director of diversity for CSX Corporation and 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles. His Orlando community service includes past chairmanship of United Arts of Central Florida, current board chairmanship of the Florida Institute for Community Studies, board membership of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, and membership in the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.

He is also on Stetson University’s board of trustees.

Lucille O’Neal, Beacon of Light Award – After 30 years of raising two sons and two daughters, including NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal, she enrolled in the B-CU Adult Education program and earned a bachelor of science degree, followed by a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She shares her life story in her book, “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.”

Rev. Dr. Gerald Lord, Lifetime Achievement Award – Lord recently retired as associate general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (UMC). As CEO of the Higher Education division, he liasioned with 119 U.S. schools, colleges, and universities affiliated with the UMC and more than 800 institutions worldwide. He was responsible for administration of the Black College Fund that assists the 11 United Methodist historically Black colleges and universities. Lord is a retired U.S. Army reserve colonel.

Gov. Rick Scott, Leadership Award – Rick Scott is Florida’s 45th governor.

The gala is open to the public and individual tickets are $125. Go to http://www.cookman.edu/gala for more information.

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