BY ALEXIA MCKAY
A large contribution by legendary baseball star Hank Aaron and his wife, Billye, is going to the advancement of Bethune-Cookman University. The couple, along with Thomas and Joyce Moorehead, recently donated more than $604,000 to B-CU.
Their donations are designated for the Advancing the Legacy campaign to protect B-CU’s future.
The campaign is a collaborative effort with the National Council of Negro Women Inc., which was started by B-CU’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The goal is to preserve the accomplishments of Dr. Bethune for future generations. Since its establishment, the campaign has raised over $5 million, closing a financial gap in scholarship funding.
The Aarons contributed $250,000 from their personal funds and an additional $104,000 through their Chasing the Dream Foundation to the campaign.
“We are pleased to provide support for the achievements of young people with limited opportunities and enable them to develop their talents and pursue their dreams,” the Aarons said.
Both supporters of B-CU, Aaron and his wife have raised millions of dollars for scholarship funding for other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and their own Chasing the Dream Foundation. The foundation has helped hundreds of students attend HBCUs.
The Mooreheads donated $250,000 to B-CU. Attorney Joyce Moorehead is a B-CU graduate. Both of her parents were educators and friends with Dr. Bethune.
“As a proud graduate of B-CU, I owe much of my personal and professional success to the training and nurturing I received as a student at Bethune-Cookman,” Joyce Moorehead said. “We hope that this gift will likewise inspire other alumni and philanthropists to support all HBCUs but particularly Bethune-Cookman.”
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Thomas Moorehead is one of the nation’s top luxury car dealership owners, and the largest African American-owned Rolls Royce dealership in the United States.
“The generous support from the Aarons and Mooreheads affirm their belief in and commitment to B-CU at this crucial time,” said B-CU President E. La Brent Chrite. “My hope is that others will be similarly inspired and influenced to help support this extraordinary institution Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune envisioned and established.”
For more information about the Advancing the Legacy campaign and to contribute, visit www.advancingthelegacy.com