Madisonville Community College s (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads is pleased to announce that Baptist Health Madisonville along with the J. Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation and Dr. Dan Martin have been selected as MCC s benefactors for recognition by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) for 2014. These special friends were recognized at the annual President s Gala and Benefactors Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 1, at the Bluegrass Ballroom Lexington Center. More than 600 individuals from across the state were in attendance. The gala is hosted by KCTCS President Dr. Michael B. McCall and members of the KCTCS Foundation.

Baptist Health Madisonville (formerly known as Regional Medical Center) has been a generous supporter of Madisonville Community College. An announcement was made at the September 9, 2014 press conference that Baptist Health Madisonville has pledged $1,000,000 to the BuildSmart Madisonville campaign for the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education Center to be located on the college s North Campus. MCC will be submitting a recommendation to the KCTCS Board of Regents for approval to name the Allied Health Building located on the Health Sciences Campus in recognition of Baptist Health Madisonville.

The J. Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation is a loyal contributor to Madisonville Community College s scholarship funds. Generous donations have been made to the School Counts! program, a work ethic/scholarship program for Hopkins County public high school students to attend MCC. Recently, the Badgett family took a leading role in the BuildSmart Madisonville campaign by pledging a gift of $250,000. Additionally, Bentley Badgett, President of the Badgett Foundation, is serving as the campaign s honorary co-chair.

Well-known local physician, Dr. Dan Martin established the Gladys Martin Endowment of Local Arts Appreciation at MCC to honor his late wife Gladys. The Martin fund is designated for the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts and is used primarily to support local theater, dinner theater presentations, and community-related exhibits in the Anne P. Baker Gallery. Dr. Martin and his children wanted this fund in Gladys s name to reflect her life-long love of education and theater especially from the local perspective. Dr. and Mrs. Martin enjoyed many hours of active participation with local arts groups and wanted the endowment to have a local impact.

Madisonville Community College is most appreciative of the commitment from Baptist Health Madisonville, the J. Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation, and Dr. Dan Martin to expanding arts and educational opportunities in our local communities and region.

Other private supporters that MCC has publically honored over the past eight years include Madisonville s American Legion Post #6, Farmers Bank of Marion, Autoliv North America, US Bank of Madisonville, Ms. Peggy Williams of Greenville, Mrs. Betty Trover of Madisonville, Chester and Jennifer Thomas of Hanson, the Hopkins County Fiscal Court, the Madisonville Rotary Club, Dennis and Brenda Kirtley of Central City, Carolyn and the late Dr. Bret Wittmer of Madisonville, the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, Judge Bill and Dorothy Paxton of Central City, and Bonita and the late Jim Hatfield of Marion, Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court and Herb and Anne Pritchett. Last year, MCC honored the Hopkins County Development Corporation and Don and Susan Fishman as the 2013 Benefactors.