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'Family' Echoed at Annual LWC Founders' Day 27 Apr 2017

More than 330 people hear moving student speakers Lindsay Daniel and Makenzie Montano, President Bill Luckey's account of a year with major accomplishments, future changes, and a school year when hearts were heavy with losses, made more bearable because the LWC community is a big, loving extended family. Keynote speaker Dr. Allan Mercer Parnell, whose biography is one of Adair County's greatest success stories, an inspirational address punctuated with his great humor, his testimony of faith, nuggets of business wisdom, and his reminder that giving is one of the great joys of his life. - EW
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By Travis Smith

COLUMBIA, KY - (Fri 28 Apr 2017) 'LWC is Family' was a sentiment echoed many times throughout the night at Lindsey Wilson College Founders' Day Dinner, held Thursday, April 27, at the college's Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.

Lindsay Daniel, a student speaker from Jamestown, KY, spoke to a crowd of more than 330 guests about her struggles before attending college, and how the generosity of those connected with LWC have had a life changing impact on her.


"It's because of the generous contributions from people like you who truly made it possible for me to attend such an upstanding institution," said Daniel. "In the two years I've been at Lindsey Wilson, I have immersed myself in projects and taken advantage of opportunities that will have a lasting impact on my life."

Daniel says that her experience at LWC makes her want to pay it forward.

"My Lindsey Wilson experience has inspired me to want to make a difference in others' lives much the way I feel a difference has been made for me. Lindsey Wilson College has opened up a world to me that I didn't know existed. Through these experiences and the interactions with people I've encountered, I completely understand why we reiterate that LWC is family."

Makenzie Montano, another student speaker from Prospect, KY, talked about how key individuals like Laura Burwash (freshman advisor), Benson Sexton (communication professor) and Andy Cavins (volleyball coach) have helped inspire her and guide her through tough times.

"I don't think I would have gotten through my freshman year without Laura Burwash," said Montano. "I spent countless hours in her office getting my schedule together and just talking about life. Benson (Sexton) is my current advisor, but is more like the knowledgeable uncle. Whenever I wanted to take the 'less challenging' class, he always persuaded me to challenge myself and for that I am grateful. And Coach Cavins and I don't have your typical player/coach relationship. I have known him for four years now and he is more like a second dad to me. He has taught me to be a fierce competitor on and off the court and to always know my self-worth."

Montano said that like Lindsay Daniel that spoke before her, she wants to give back.

"Each and everyday I try to give back in the classroom and on the court to the place that gave me opportunity," said Montano. "I consider LWC my second home and my second family."

During his remarks, President William T. Luckey Jr. also mentioned family.

"It sounds cliche' and corny, but it's true that LWC is family," said Luckey. "We genuinely love each other and we actively care about each other and this place."

And during his keynote address Allan Parnell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at LWC, talked about his amazement at what the college accomplishes each year by working together.

"You people are phenomenal," said Parnell. "With every challenge that's issued you all rise to the occasion. I am amazed at what we do year in and year out because you are so willing to work together for the common good. The best is yet to come."

The writer, Travis Smith, is a Assistant Director of Public Relations at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY


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Paula Smith and Debbie Wentworth at LWC



2017-04-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Sisters Paula Smith, left, and Debbie Wentworth were among the supporters welcomed to the Lindsey Wilson College annual Founders Day dinner Thursday, April 27, 2017. Both have enjoyed careers in higher education.

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Allan Mercer Parnell speaking to Founders Day crowd



2017-04-28 - Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Allan Mercer Parnell spoke of home and hardship and blessings -- and of sharing the blessings -- to a full house at the 2017 Founders Day dinner Thursday, April 27, 2017. He said he knows firsthand how vital it is to mentor young people when they need help getting an education and a start in the workplace. In a speech peppered with moments of hilarity, as in this photo, he made his point that when we are blessed, we are to bless others. He is a native of Sparksville in southern Adair County who went to Louisville for work after high school and worked his way up to top leadership in more than one company before starting his own Mister "P" Express trucking company with his wife, Bunny, at left, and his daughter Cindy in the audience. Visible from left are: Bunny Parnell, Elise and President Bill Luckey, speaker Parnell, VP for Development Kevin Thompson, and visible at far right is student speaker Lindsay Daniel from Jamestown, KY.

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Makenzie Montano shares the story of her journey to LWC



2017-04-28 - Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo By Mariah Stearns.
Makenzie Montano, a student speaker from Prospect, KY, shares the story of her journey to LWC to a crowd of more than 330 guests at this year's Founders' Day Banquet on Thursday, April 27 at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - MARIAH STEARNS

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Sharing embrace following inspirational Founders' Day address



2017-04-28 - Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mariah Stearns, LWC photo.
Lindsay Daniel, a student from Jamestown, KY, and William T. Luckey Jr., President of LWC, embrace one another after her speech at this year's Founders' Day Banquet on Thursday, April 27 at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - MARIAH STEARNS

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Tennis couples together at Founders Day



2017-04-29 - Cranmer Dining Center on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Enjoying the evening together at the Lindsey Wilson College Founders Day dinner are, from left, Lacy and Marlon Dal Pont and Henry and Jann Aaron Baughman. -- Dal Pont is the Tennis Head Coach and the Baughmans are supporters.

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Allan and Bunny Parnell at LWC Founders Day



2017-05-05 - Cranmer Dining Center on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Allan Mercer Parnell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and founder of Mister "P" Express, Inc., was guest speaker at the Founders Day dinner at Lindsey Wilson College April 28, 2017. He is shown here with his wife Bunny Parnell as they prepared for the trip home after the event.

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