By Charla Schafer
Muscatine Community College (MCC) invites you to join them at the second annual Legends celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, February 21st, at 6:00 pm at Merrill Hotel.
Planning Committee member and past MCC President, Bob Allbee, indicated, “seating is limited, and last year was a sellout. I suggest getting your tickets soon.” Those that attended the 2018 event will tell you it was an evening filled with friends and alumni of MCC, wonderful food by local restaurateurs, recognition of community legacy leaders, music, auctions aimed at supporting the good work MCC does in our community, and a lot of laughs. We anticipate year two being filled with the same mix of fun!
A statistic that speaks to the caliber of education and affordability of MCC is 32% of all 2016 Muscatine High School graduates chose MCC as their next step. For those pursuing post-secondary education, that number rose to 54%. Come learn more about the exciting way MCC serves our youth, returning students, and our community.
This year the late Roy, Sr. and Lucille Carver will be honored as the 2019 Muscatine Community College (MCC) Legends for their long-standing contributions to the college, its students, faculty, and programs for many years.
Roy, Sr. employed entrepreneurism, vision, salesmanship, and incredible grit to successfully build Muscatine-based companies, such as Carver Pump and Bandag. Those companies helped put Muscatine on the map of leading industries and innovation.
The farm boy turned pump manufacturer in little Muscatine, Iowa, was always looking to do things better. He grew up wearing overalls, and he wasn’t afraid of work. Carver had worked his way through high school and college, and along the way he coupled his natural curiosity with an obsession about craftsmanship and product quality. And he could see the future (From the book, Revolutions: Bandag’s 50 Years of Innovation in the Tire Industry, by C. Randall Heuston, 2007).
Lucille played the lead role in raising four boys, Roy, Jr., John, Clayton, and Marty, and imparting on them their shared values of generosity, kindness, and a love of the world. Lucille welcomed all to her home and no neighbor in need was left without a shared meal and her special care. Lucille was Roy’s greatest salesperson and allowed him to live out his dreams and business goals, which included international travel months at a time.
Roy, Sr. and Lucille contributed to the ninety-year strength of MCC, donating to building projects and the MCC Foundation. The college continues today to benefit from grants awarded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, recently receiving major support for the renovation of Loper Hall.
Once again this year, you will be greeted with a champagne welcome and familiar faces from the crew at MCC. Dinner will be served “grand-salon” buffet style, during which time guests will enjoy the area’s finest restaurants’ signature dishes. Local restaurants will include Geneva Golf and Country Club, Maxwell’s from the Merrill Hotel, Chicharo’s, the Rendezvous, HyVee, and A Guy and a Grill, Inc.
Students from the MCC & SCC Culinary Program will also be taking part and dazzling guests with their skills and creativity.
Entertainment will be provided by the talented MCC Choir; and a silent and live auction will be included in the evening’s festivities, led by MCC alumnus, Jami Schroeder of Schroeder Auctions.
Proceeds of the evening will go to fund the life-enhancing educational programs and scholarships annually supported by the Muscatine Community College Alumni Association and the Muscatine Community College Foundation, with a special emphasis on increasing the college’s ability to help students in emergency situations that could prevent them from completing their studies.
2018 attendee, Bonnie Nichols, stated “MCC is a community gem, we are fortunate to have had them in Muscatine for 90 years and counting. Their progressive approach to meeting unmet community needs while holding true to traditional educational programs will continue to strengthen Muscatine and the surrounding area. So many of our local business leaders chose to start here. With community support of this fantastic event, we can continue to help future students get off to a great start and celebrate those that paved the way before them. I encourage everyone to attend this fun evening”.
2018 attendee and MCC alumnus, Charla Schafer, said this about the event, “Muscatine Community College is a critical component in the success of our community, having played a hand in educating past and current community leadership, as well as educating and broadening the dreams of our youth and students today. Don’t miss out on attending the Legends event. It will be an evening filled with good people, celebrating a great cause!” Tickets are available now and can be purchased at https://www.eicc.edu/MCClegends. For more information, please contact Lisa Wiegel, [email protected] or (563)-288-6005.