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A Musical Evening with David Phelps+

Grammy and Dove award-winning tenor David Phelps, a prominent member of the Gaither Vocal Band, was the featured guest. His hour-long concert was the highlight of the evening, and the audience responded numerous times with cheers and standing ovations. David’s daughters, Callie and Maggie Beth, joined him on stage, as well as his trumpet-playing sister, Carrie, and his wife’s keyboard/harmonica/strings-playing cousin, Jack Daniels. Phelps told the enthusiastic crowd he loves to travel and sing, but he especially loves the connection with the audience where he “can share what the Lord has taught me. We are all on a journey…we are not done yet.” David continued, “Life is full of stories. At times, you get misty, then the sun comes out. Other times you get a deluge and feel moments of desolation. Then you find a trust and a power you didn’t know existed, and you realize you love your beautiful life.”

The concert and program culminated the evening, which began with an earlier reception. Those with deluxe reservations enjoyed hors d’oeuvres on the veranda and lobby of the Wright Center, where they mingled and had photo opportunities with David Phelps. Later, guests gathered for a sumptuous buffet dinner held under a 5,200 square foot white tent. The sunset event was beautifully decorated with candlelit black lanterns, white hydrangeas and an abundance of magnolia leaves. Burlap ribbon adorned the napkins and large white draperies forming columns around the tented arena.

The generosity of our sponsors contributed greatly to the success of the event and the endowment of the new Legacy League Centennial Scholarship.



  • Diversified Maintenance
  • Hoar Construction
  • John Pittman


  • Anonymous
  • Event Rentals Unlimited
  • John and Marsha Floyd in memory of Kenneth R. Floyd
  • John 3:16
  • Wayne and Jane Lewis
  • Marvin L. Mann
  • Darryl and Diane Rosser


  • Backstage Productions, LLC
  • Lauretta and Carlton Baker
  • Baptist Health System
  • BBVA Compass
  • Bhate Geosciences Corporation
  • Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. Inc.
  • Bradford Building Company
  • Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
  • Albert P. Brewer
  • Bennie and Sonja Bumpers
  • Daniel Corporation
  • Drs. Carol and Joseph Dean
  • The E Group
  • Phil and Penny Kimrey
  • Rev. Dr. Carolyn and Jerome McKinstry
  • Rickie and Mary Ann Moon
  • Mickey Newsome
  • Randy and Daina Pittman
  • Quality Controls Inc.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mazen Sahawneh
  • Mr. Leo and Dr. Jacquelyn S. Shaia
  • Stewart of Alabama
  • Tim and Toni Vines
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Neal and Mary Ann Wade
  • Andy and Jeanna Westmoreland

The Scholarship Celebration Planning Committee was comprised of: Suzanne Hopkins, chair, Lisa Beckham, Karen Bergquist, Lisbeth Cease, Vickie Gord, Jane Lewis, Suzanne Page, Sharon Smith, Allison Strickland, Jeanna Westmoreland, and Harriet Williams. Over 50 additional volunteers helped with various details pertaining to the event.

Nearly 400 were in attendance on May 7 for “An Evening with David Phelps,” the Legacy League’s seventh annual scholarship celebration. The event concluded this year’s fundraising efforts, which raised more than $100,000, and celebrated the creation of the Centennial Scholarship, which commemorates 100 years of teacher education at Samford University.

Upcoming Events

Fall Luncheon

October 1, 11:30 a.m.

Location: Vestavia Hills Country Club

Our fall luncheon will feature Kristen Bowden Sharp, acclaimed actor, vocalist and worship leader. Kristen, who played the lead in Mary Poppins at Red Mountain Theater this summer, will share her story through songs, including show tunes, spirituals and her own compositions.

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Tailgate: Samford vs. Furman

Saturday, October 31, 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Quad

On game day tailgate tents cover the Quad from chapel to chapel. It's a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that you don't want to miss! Bring your children, grandchildren and friends to enjoy this great outdoor tradition with the Legacy League. We are Samford Strong!


Membership Meeting and Program featuring florist Kaleen Riley, former White House Christmas decorator

Thursday, November 12, 10 a.m. Refreshments, 10:30 a.m. Program

Location: Samford President’s Home

For six years Birmingham native Kaleen Riley was selected from thousands of applicants to help decorate the White House for Christmas. Kaleen will share her behind the scenes experience, White House traditions and practical tips for making your own holiday home reflect the history and sparkle of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Centennial Celebration Benefit Concert and School of the Arts Birthday Party

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Wright Center

Celebrate 100 years of Samford’s School of the Arts with an evening of music including Mozart’s Requiem and portions of Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 performed by Samford Combined Choirs and University Orchestra.

$25 adults/$6 students (tax-deductible)
No charge for Samford students

Purchase tickets at or at the Harrison Theatre Box Office, 205-726-2853.

Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market

Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.

Five stunning and expansive homes ranging from traditional to contemporary in design will be featured during our Fifth Annual Christmas Home Tour. Shop at our holiday gift market and feast on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres at the Samford President’s Home. A fabulous selection of jewelry, art, children’s items, clothing, food, accessories, home items and more will be available from a dozen carefully selected merchants.

Tickets are $25 through December 8 and $30 at the door. 

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Proceeds will provide life-changing scholarships for students with significant financial need.

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Birmingham, AL 35229
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