Madisonville Community College s (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads is pleased to announce that the City of Madisonville along with Steve Nance and Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. have been selected as MCC s benefactors for recognition by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) for 2015. These special friends were recognized at the annual KCTCS Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 14, at the Lexington Center. More than 600 individuals from across the state were in attendance. The gala is hosted by KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box and members of the KCTCS Foundation.

The honored benefactors are strong supporters of MCC s BuildSmart Investment in Kentucky Competitiveness campaign for the construction of the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education Center. Under the BuildSmart program, the college was required to raise $5 million (25% of the project) before accessing agency bonds for the remaining $15 million. The announcement of the BuildSmart campaign completion was made on October 26 during the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new facility.

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Madisonville was Mayor David Jackson. He began serving the citizens of Madisonville in 2011. The City of Madisonville took a leading role in the college s BuildSmart campaign by being one of three $1 million contributors. Additionally, the City of Madisonville has been a generous supporter of the Guided Learning amp; Academic Development (G.L.A.D.) summer program for minority students and the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.

Local business owner Steve Nance, Tungco CEO and founder, donated $100,000 to the BuildSmart Campaign in memory of his father, James D. Nance. During the July 30th naming reception for the James D. Nance Mining Simulation Lab, Nance shared how his father got him started in business and how giving forward to students was a great way to honor his father s memory.

Jerry P. Rhoads accepted the award on behalf of Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. The local law firm was founded in 1974. Two years later, Rhoads and his brother, Tom Rhoads, formed Rhoads amp; Rhoads P.S.C. In 1996, the firm expanded to Owensboro. Rhoads amp; Rhoads is now one of the largest personal injury firms in Western Kentucky. Over the years, the generosity of Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. to Madisonville Community College and the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts has provided funding support for various college initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the community.

Madisonville Community College is most appreciative of the commitment from the City of Madisonville, Steve Nance, and Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. to expanding educational opportunities in our local communities and region.

Other private supporters that MCC has publically honored over the past nine years include Madisonville s American Legion Post #6, Farmers Bank of Marion, Autoliv North America, US Bank of Madisonville, Peggy Williams of Greenville, 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, Herb and Anne Pritchett, Hopkins County Development Corporation and Don and Susan Fishman. Last year MCC honored Baptist Health Madisonville, the J. Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation, and Dr. Dan Martin as the 2014 Benefactors.