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Lincoln University’s 150th Anniversary Gala at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza on Oct. 24

October 24, 2003 was a very special evening for Lincoln University—the nation’s first Historically Black University. Lincoln presented the first of four 150th Anniversary Galas it will host in four major U.S. cities. The Philadelphia Gala was held at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza.

The Philadelphia Gala attracted more than 600 guests and raised $160,085. Included among the attendees were Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and many other local and regional dignitaries. Lincoln will host three more gala events during 2004 in Washington, D.C., New York City and Atlanta. The following are a few snapshots from the October 24 event.


Lincoln President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D. (far right), is joined by, from left: his wife, Dr. Patricia A. Nelson, co-chair of Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial Commission; Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (D-Pa.) and his wife, Judge Midge Rendell, Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, at the University’s 150th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza on October 24, 2003.

Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D., and Board of Trustees Chairman Frank C. Gihan ‘72 (second and third from left, respectively) are flanked Wachovia Bank officials who presented Lincoln with an oversized check for $60,000 from the Wachovia Foundation. Making the presentation from Wachovia Bank are executive vice president Donn G. Scott (left), and Kevin Dow, community affairs manager for the Wachovia Foundation. Fifty-thousand dollars of the check creates the Wachovia Endowed Scholarship Fund for Lincoln students who are from the city of Philadelphia and demonstrate financial need. The other $10,000 is given in support of Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary Gala program on October 24, 2003 at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Hotel. Scott, co-chair of the University’s Sesquicentennial Commission, is a 1970 Lincoln alumnus. Wachovia has provided more than $1.1 million in scholarship assistance to students in Pennsylvania and Delaware in the past three years.

Kevin Dow, community affairs manager for the Wachovia Foundation, is flanked by Pamela Crawley, senior vice president, Citizens Bank (left); and Jennifer Rodriquez, Philadelphia Industrial Corporation, at the 150th Anniversary Gala. Crawley presented Lincoln’s Leadership Excellence Award to Lozelle J. DeLuz, Ph.D.


Embracing Lincoln University Emeritus Trustee Frank “Tick” Coleman ’35 is Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street (D-Phila.). Mayor Street and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (D-Pa.) were among the more than 600 guests and dignitaries who joined the University at its 150th Anniversary Gala at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza on October 24, 2003.

George Lyons, vice president of Regulatory, Communications and External Affairs, PECO Energy, addresses the audience.

Monique Braxton, weekend anchor for NBC-10 TV in Philadelphia, was the Philadelphia Gala’s mistress of ceremonies.

Joining Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D. (third from left) are Lincoln Board of Trustees Chair Frank C. Gihan’ 72, Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and Philadelphia City Solicitor Nelson A. Diaz.

Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D. (left) and Frank C. Gihan ’72 (right), chair of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees, present music icon Kenny Gamble with the University’s Community Service Award at Lincoln’s 150th Anniversary Gala on October 24, 2003 at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza.

Gamble was one of four individuals the University honored at the event celebrating Lincoln’s 150th anniversary as the nation’s first Historically Black University. Gamble is CEO and chairman of Philadelphia International Records. In recent years, Gamble has used his success to become a driving force in rebuilding Philadelphia’s neighborhoods through his Universal Community Homes program.


Just before its 150th Anniversary Gala dinner at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza, Lincoln University hosted a reception. Joining University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D. (second from left) are: Donn G. Scott ’70, co-chair of Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial Commission; Sharlene Roberson ’80, former Lincoln Trustee; Frank C. Gihan ’72, chair of Lincoln’s Board of Trustees; and Warren R. Colbert, Sr. ’68, Lincoln Trustee and chair of the Board’s Development Committee.

Dr. H. Alfred Farrell (standing), a 1934 Lincoln University graduate, was one of four individuals who was honored during the University’s 150th Gala at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza on October 24, 2003. Dr. Farrell received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his more than 40 years of service to the University as chair of the Department of English and Executive Secretary of the Lincoln University Alumni Association. Joining Dr. Farrell is another distinguished Lincoln alumnus, Dr. Frank “Tick” Coleman, class of 1935, Emeritus Trustee.

Lincoln University Alumni were out in force. From left are: Vernon Davis’86, president of Lincoln’s Philadelphia Alumni Chapter; Caron Robinson ’78 and Michael C. Taylor ’95, director of Alumni Relations.

 

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Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

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