Dennis Brown, Lee College president
It is the holiday season, and on behalf of the Lee College Board of Regents, employees and students, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. What is special about this time of year is that not only do we celebrate the season, but we also join with family and friends to contemplate the year that has just passed, and to speculate about the year that is quickly approaching. It is also a time to scurry around looking for that perfect gift for a family member, friend or co-worker. For all the good and bad press gifting receives, the idea behind it is that we think about what the person we are buying a gift for means to us, and through a generous gesture, we carefully (most of the time) research , analyze and study what the perfect gift would be for them.
Well, gifting to Lee College is completely acceptable and encouraged. The many communities that we serve, and their most generous residents, have for years been supportive of this wonderful institution. You have heard the expression give the gift that keeps on giving. Well, I know just how you can do that. By giving a financial gift to the Lee College Foundation, which is tax deductible, you not only help students pay their tuition, fees and textbook costs, but as they complete their programs of study, and move into the workforce, they remember the support they received and “pay it back” by becoming a donor just like you. Whether you make a one-time donation, or a continuing annual contribution, every dollar is used to directly support our students. The cost of operating the Foundation is underwritten by Lee College so that all contributions can be used to directly support student progress and completion.
It is a festive time, with a lot of red and green holiday themed clothing, snazzy Christmas ties, shiny dresses, and sharp suits. Plenty of good food is on the menu, decorated Christmas trees sparkling, and houses all aglow. Let’s not forget my favorite, Christmas cookies. Yum! We all remember the excitement as little kids waking up early on Christmas morning, peeking out at the Christmas tree, and seeing those beautifully wrapped gifts just waiting to be torn open. Santa made it to our house. Cookies were eaten and the milk is gone. But the most special gift of all did not even come from Santa. It came from you. The package is opened, and the envelope revealed, and there, right in front of their eyes, is a gift for the future. Yes, a Lee College Scholarship. How amazing! Your generosity, and our outstanding Regents and employees, are changing one student’s life at a time.
If you would like to be part of this amazing story, you can be a sponsor for deserving students to help them make their dreams come true. Give the gift that keeps giving. Contact Pam Warford, Executive Director of the Lee College Foundation and Resource Development, at email@example.com or 281.425.6361. It will make you feel good, and it will be a very Merry Christmas for all, including the prospective students who are about to embark on a marvelous journey. From all of us at Lee College, to all of you, Happy Holidays!
Dr. Dennis Brown