A Special Report to Donors
The pace at Lipscomb University rarely slows, but we do take a moment at the conclusion of each academic year to reflect on the year and anticipate new opportunities for growth and service in the coming months. One phrase continues to come to my mind—Lipscomb University is richly blessed! You have heard me say this before, but it continues to be an accurate description of our circumstances.
Ruth Frey & Evalena Tobaben
Sisters Ruth Frey and Evalena Tobaben may seem like unlikely college donors. They never attended college and, in fact, had only a passing association with Lipscomb University through their church in Louisville. That all changed in 1994, when Frey attended her first Lipscomb Summer Hostel, a week-long combination of classes and field trips for individuals who want to learn in a classroom setting again. About that same time, she set up the first of several gift annuities through the university.
Rodes & Patricia Hart
When Nashville businessman Rodes Hart decided to purchase a piano for his office, the first person to point him toward Lipscomb University was longtime friend and Lipscomb board of trustees member Robbie Davis. She suggested that he contact Professor Jerome Reed for assistance -- advice that was endorsed by a number of others in the music community.
While Charlie Blackwood was growing up in Nashville, he attended church with John and Linda Heflin Johnston, donors of the Johnston-Foster Christian Education Fund. “They always took a vested interest in me, and they saw me work hard for everything I really wanted in life,” Blackwood said.