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Bell Tower Society's Inaugural Evening of Celebration

(L to R) Dr. Billie Yeager, Dr. Robert Lambeth, Dr. Phoebe Lambeth, Ms. Lisa Collinsworth, Mrs. Jill Bourns, Dr. Gordon Bourns, Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, Mrs. Cheryl Salyer, and Mr. Richard Salyer

The Bell Tower Society hosted its inaugural “Evening of Celebration” event on Thursday, May 21, to honor and recognize some of CBU’s most generous supporters. Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, President, opened the evening with stories of the past and visions for the future. He noted how he and his wife, Jane, felt an immediate connection to CBU (then CBC) when they saw the cornerstone of the James Building engraved with Matt. 28:19-20, which says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NASB). This verse has become a cornerstone of CBU as a university committed to the Great Commission.

During the evening, individuals and organizations that are part of the Bell Tower Society were recognized for various levels of annual and lifetime giving. The highlight of the night was honoring five of those at the Founder Level of the Bell Tower Society, including Dr. Gordon & Jill Bourns, Shelby & Ferne Collinsworth (represented by their daughter, Lisa Collinsworth), Drs. Robert & Phoebe Lambeth, The James L. Stamps Foundation (represented by Richard & Cheryl Salyer), and Dr. Billie Yeager and her late husband, Eugene. As the evening concluded, guests heard from Makenna Lammons, the incoming ASCBU President, and Trent Ward, the ASCBU President for the last two years. Trent noted, “CBU is place where students can talk about their passions and see them come to life.” While thanking CBU’s supporters, he quoted G.T. Smith, saying, "Donors don't give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe." This is truly the case for the supporters of CBU that were honored at this event.

Date:07/08/2015Written By:University AdvancementCategory:Donor Stories