DONALDSON – On Friday evening, November 7th at 6:00pm EST, Ancilla College will hold its second annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner at Swan Lake Resort and Conference Center in Plymouth.
The event provides an opportunity for the College to raise money to help fund the scholarships, grants and awards that last year totaled nearly $1 million and were given to over 90% of its students. The event will once again include a social hour followed by a meal of Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken prepared by Swan Lake Head Chef Zach Lucchese. Both a silent and live auction will take place during the evening, along with the entertaining keyboard music of Andrew Jennings, liturgist for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Anyone interested in helping to support Ancilla College student scholarships is welcome to attend.
Ancilla College is unique in that a large percentage of its student population is composed of first-generation college students. As stated above, more than 90% of students are provided assistance in the form of scholarships, grants and awards. However, those with the most financial need have had their grants from the State of Indiana reduced by nearly 40% over the past four years. Funds raised at the event will be utilized for scholarships that will allow worthy students to attend Ancilla College, who otherwise may not be able. Current students will be sitting with the guests that evening to talk about their Ancilla experiences and how the College has impacted and empowered their lives.
In addition to the auction and entertainment, the evening will culminate in the presentation of two awards. The Ancilla Award, initiated in 1975, is the college’s highest award and honors an individual, couple or organization that has shown distinguished community service and who has been a loyal and dedicated supporter of Ancilla College. This year’s winner is Richard E. and the late Suzanne J. Biddle Belcher. Richard is the founder and president of First Federal Savings Bank that has now grown to six area locations and nearly 150 employees. Dick was a nine year member of the Ancilla College Board of Trustees. Suzanne passed away on August 8, 2014. She was a speech pathologist and served both Fulton County schools and Argos schools for 25 years. She and Dick were both life-long environmentalists as was evidenced by the establishment of the first and only LEED certified-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- bank branch in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Belcher’s have been financial supporters for 12 years and Dick continues to be an advocate for the College in Rochester and the surrounding community.
The second award, initiated in 2010, is the Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is granted in memory of the founder of the Ancilla Alumni Association and an English teacher for more than 30 years at Ancilla, Sister Mary Dolores Greifer, PHJC. The award recognizes dedicated alumni that have demonstrated steadfast involvement with Ancilla College. The award this year will be given to Dale A. Adams. Dale, a member of the class of 1978, currently serves as chairman and CEO of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group, Inc., a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Dale has been a financial supporter for 25 years and credits Ancilla College with giving him a solid foundation with which to build his very successful career on. He plans to celebrate the receipt of the award that evening with a number of his siblings and in-laws from the Plymouth area.
“We look forward to the opportunity to tell our story about the impact of Ancilla College on the lives of students”, says Todd Zeltwanger, Vice-President of Development. “As the amount of available financial aid continues to decline, our ability to offer the Ancilla experience to our students would be in serious jeopardy if not for the support of our benefactors, especially the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. I invite all interested persons to come out and support an event that will help to change the lives of students, many of which will be returning to live and work in our local communities.”
Individual registrations are $60 per person and a reserved table for 8 plus one Ancilla Student is $500. Reservations can be made online by clicking the Changing Lives link on the Ancilla College website homepage at: www.ancilla.edu. Please make plans by October 31st to attend this evening of celebration. Questions may be directed to Diana Caldwell in the President’s Office at Ancilla College, toll free, at 1-866-ANCILLA (262-4552), x385 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.