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October 19, 2019

9/26/2019 10:04:00 AM
LTC Foundation lines up shows, aids projects
The Lincoln Trail College Foundation continues its celebration of LTC's 50th anniversary while preparing for hitting the half-century mark itself next year.

The foundation has two events coming up Thursday. The foundation board will meet during the day to seat new officers and disburse funds to assist the college. The next fund-raising concert sponsored by the organization is 7 p.m. in LTC's Zwermann Arts Center Theater.

The act is Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook, and features singer Suzanne Davis and a six-piece band, foundation Executive Director Rod Harmon said.

"It's an outstanding show," Harmon added, pointing out tickets are still available by calling 544-2373.

One more concert is planned for this year. Dancing Dream, a tribute to ABBA, will perform here Nov. 14.

Next year's schedule is almost complete.

Elvis impersonator Cody Ray Slaughter is tentatively scheduled to play at LTC Jan. 9. The Guthrie Brothers, a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band also known as Scarborough Fair, return after five years Feb. 4.

James Garner, performing a tribute to Johnny Cash, will be here April 16 and Garth Guy, a tribute to Garth Brooks, will perform June 18.

The concert series is just one way the foundation raises money to help the college. During the meeting Thursday, the board will discuss how to use some of that money.

The board will consider providing funds to help LTC pay for the pre-kindergarten program now offered on the North Campus.

Members will also consider assisting with revamping parking at the North Campus, helping purchase athletic books for the campus bookstore and aiding in renovations to the theater, the development of Statesman Park, marketing and professional development.

Money for scholarships will also be released to the college. Meanwhile, new scholarships will be discussed.

The group recently helped with a major project at Miller Lake.

New foundation officers are President Sheila Mikeworth, Vice President William Thomas, Secretary Lydia Williams and Treasurer Jerry Bailey.

The foundation works closing with LTC President Ryan Gower.

"He's doing a great job," Harmon said. "We really respect him."

Harmon also praised the corporate friends of the foundation and college for their assistance. They include Marathon Petroleum Company, First Robinson Savings Bank, Crampton Painting and Drywall, Hershey, Jerry Devonshire and Weber Insurance and Realty, Jeff Tuttle and Edward Jones, Lytle Electric, Jason Sutfin and First Robinson Investment Services, Parkhurst Landscaping, Parrot Real Estate and Auction Company, the W.J. and Kathy Chamblin Family Foundation, Midwest Transport Inc., Reinoehl/Kehlenbrink, Ron and JoLynn Gower, Monical's, Rural King and attorney William Thomas.

The assistance provided by the general public is also greatly appreciated, Harmon said, explaining its support is needed now more than ever.

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