Purple and Gold Ball a huge success

From press reports


The Louisville Winston County Chapter of the Alcorn State University,(ASU) Alumni Association sponsored it’s Annual “Purple and Gold” Scholarship Ball, on Saturday January 26.

The event was a “smashing success” attended by well over 150 individuals from all over the county and as far away as the Gulf Coast. Musical selections were rendered by Louisville’s own, Mrs. Mary Jackson, a 1973 graduate of ASU. The Master of ceremony was Mr. William (Skinner) Johnson. Mr. Johnson is a 1974 graduate of ASU. Mr. Johnson and his wife Linda (also an ASU graduate) resides in Holly Hills, S. C., where Mr. Johnson is in his second term as Mayor.

Greetings were also brought from ASU by Mr. James Stubbs, president of the ASU National Alumni Association.

The speaker for the event was Mr. Marcus Ward, a 2000 graduate of ASU, Mr. Ward currently serves as vice president for institutional affairs and Interim Executive Director of the ASU Foundation, Inc. at ASU. In this position he leads all university advancement efforts including, fundraising , public relations, strategic development, alumni relations and government affairs on behalf of America’s oldest historically black land grant university. His speech was inspiring and kept the attendees applauding and hanging on his every word. He ended his speech using different types of automobiles as metaphors to inspire the audience to continue their efforts of giving to assist Students in their educational efforts. He was given a standing ovation at the end of his speech and was also presented with a bag of products unique to Winston County.

There were door prizes and also a raffle of a 50 inch flat screen LCD television. The winner of the television was Mrs. Carol Price. The scholarship recipients were: Corey Hardin, Eshell Hogan, Ashley Shields and Marissa Smith. These students are currently attending ASU and the scholarships are given to assist them in their continued educational endeavors.

The Louisville Winston County Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association would like to thank all of the attendees for supporting our efforts to assist financially in the education of young people in Winston county and the state of Mississippi. The local chapter also donate to the ASU Foundation, which provides scholarships to students all over the state.