Dr. Ed Shelton makes generous donation to Bobcat athletics
May 27, 2011
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College
athletic department is pleased to announce its receipt of a second
gift of $50,000 in two years, this one from Dr. Edwin Shelton,
co-founder of the largest family-owned estate winery in North
Dr. Shelton is an alumnus of Lees-McRae, class of 1960, and
honorary alumnus of the class of 1995. He was a recipient of an
honorary doctorate from LMC during the commencement ceremonies on
In 2009, Dr. Shelton and his wife, Dotti, were honored with the
Founder's Medal of Lees-McRae College. Dr. Shelton has made a name
for himself in all avenues of business throughout his career,
co-founding numerous companies with his brother, Charlie, including
Shelton Vineyards in 1999. He is also a current member of the
college's Board of Trustees.
"This further proves what we are doing at Lees-McRae College and
in the athletic department does make a difference, especially when
good friends want to invest in us like Dr. Ed Shelton," said
Director of Athletics Craig McPhail.
The Athletic Department will challenge others to match this as
there are certain projects of interests, such as re-surfacing the
Arthur, Lauritsen and Sanders Track and Field Venue, new bleachers
in Williams Gymnasium, and a turf field.
"This is our second $50,000 gift in two years and I am happy for
everyone associated with the college," said McPhail. "Our hard work
and dedication to make the journey of life through intercollegiate
athletics a smooth one is indeed happening."
In 2009, the athletic department received $50,000 from Diamond
Creek Golf Course, owned by Mr. Wayne Huizenga, former owner of the
Miami Dolphins, Waste Management and Blockbuster.
This gift allowed the department to create a press box for
tennis, track and field, lacrosse and soccer, renovated the outdoor
tennis courts, signage decals on doors and windows, re-surfaced
Williams gymnasium basketball and volleyball floor, banners in
Williams Gym documenting athletic success over the years, as well
as many other minor projects enhancing the athletic complex.
"Our continued efforts to provide better facilities, photos,
stories, videos, and blogs to enrich the lives of our
student-athletes will ultimately create better teams. Having the
capability to take an inside look at our athletic department will
make Lees-McRae College a solid investment for many more
partnerships and relationships," said McPhail.
For more information on how the gift can be matched, please
contact Caroline Hart, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts
college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in
the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina.
Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best
of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a
rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.