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.
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.
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.
The Fifth Annual Christmas Home Tour, a delightful Birmingham tradition, will feature several exquisite homes and holiday hors d’oeuvres at the Samford President’s Home. Proceeds will provide life-changing scholarships for deserving students with significant financial need. Details and tickets will be available this fall.