• Farm Families Recognized at 4th Annual Founding Farmers Gala

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    April 29, 2019

    Farm families were honored on Tuesday evening in the John W. Swails Center as more than 250 members of the local community attended Emmanuel’s 4th annual Founding Farmer’s Gala.

    The event served as a thank you to the members of the Northeast Georgia community who have been instrumental in the early success of the Diversified Agriculture program at Emmanuel College.

    For the third consecutive year, Emmanuel partnered with St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital to host the event. Event Caterers included The Roystonian Restaurant, Springer Mountain Farms, and Bar-H BBQ.

    St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital President, Jeff English opened the event by expressing the hospital's commitment to the health and well-being of the Northeast Georgia community and their appreciation for those involved in the agriculture industry.

    Mr. English presented Jan Taylor of Jan & Zen Gardens with the inaugural Health of the Community Award, thanking her for her continued service to the community.

    Next, Emmanuel College President Dr. Ron White presented Benton Hall and family with the inaugural Excellence in Agriculture Award for their continued dedication to the agriculture industry.

    Diversified Agriculture Program Chair, Owen Thomason then recognized the 2019 graduates of the program. Graduates include – Joshua Tompkins, Evan Milford, Justin Parker, Edgar Langdon IV, Cameron Free, Chris Dunlap, and Jessica Brett.

    Mr. Thomason is excited about the continued growth of the Agriculture program and the bright future ahead.

    “Our current students enrolled in agriculture are among the top academically performing individuals in the college,” he said. “The quality of our applicants for next year will certainly help the Agriculture program continue this trend. It is also very gratifying to watch our community demonstrate their support for the college physically and financially. Our students truly appreciate the outpouring of love by our friends in the Northeast Georgia community.”

    At the event, a silent auction and Live Auction took place, raising money for the Diversified Agriculture program and future projects.

    Vice President of Advancement, Brian James closed the program by thanking those present for their continued support of the Diversified Agriculture program and spoke on the future of the program, which includes the construction of the Ray and Marlowe Collins Agriculture Center which will house labs, demonstration areas, and classrooms as well as another greenhouse.

    “Four years ago, we presented a dream to build an Agriculture program that would train students for years to come,” Mr. James said. “You, the community responded. Together we set out on an endeavor to build something greater than any one person and today we reflect and realize the dream is coming true.”

    For more information on the Diversified Agriculture program or on how you can partner with us by making a contribution to this worthy program, visit ec.edu/ag or  contact Owen Thomason at othomason@ec.edu.

    Ashley Westbrook, Director of Public Relations
    (706) 245-7226
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