Marshall dinner raises $32K for scholarships

VIENNA — Last Thursday’s Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley Thundering Bison Club Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner is being called the club’s most successful event yet.

A total of 317 tickets were sold and nearly $32,000 was raised for scholarships for Mid-Ohio Valley students who are attending or will be attending Marshall University.

Gov. Jim Justice was the keynote speaker at the dinner at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Other speakers included Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert, Athletic Director Mike Hamrick, former Herd and Steeler football player Doug Legursky, and local alumni honoree Dale Lowther.

Other Marshall dignitaries included personnel from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the Marshall University Foundation, Alumni Affairs, Big Green Scholarship Foundation, and the School of Arts and Media. Marco, Marshall’s mascot, was described as a “crowd-pleaser,” and entertainment was provided by the Marshall University Jazz Quartet.

Student artists displayed their artwork, and one student provided her artwork for the silent auction.

Among scholarships the dinner provides money for are multiple freshman scholarships, a scholarship for a first-year student at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, a scholarship for an upperclassman in the School of Arts and Media, the Big Green Foundation, the Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) Program, and the club will be able to complete its endowment for a scholarship for an upperclassman at Marshall from the Mid-Ohio Valley.