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Dear Harding Family,
I want to thank everyone for another wonderful evening at Taste of Harding! We were blessed with beautiful weather and welcomed over 500 guests. Because of your support, over $77,000 was raised to benefit the students at Harding Academy.
I want specifically to thank our Taste of Harding Committee members, Kathie Ray, Tricia Mullins, our Advancement Office staff, and the countless student and faculty/staff volunteers who made our evening together so successful. I appreciate the wide support from the families, faculty, and staff from each of our campuses, and I am eternally grateful for your continued willingness to give your time and resources to keep Harding strong.
The success of this event would not be possible without the support of many vendors and sponsors who so generously donate their wonderful food and their staff’s time. Our restaurant awards this year were selected as follows: Lions' Choice—Plumpy’s BBQ; Best Signature Dish (tie)—Las Delicias and Mama D’s Italian Ice; Best Taste—Boneheads. Whenever you are eating out or planning an event, please consider one of our Taste of Harding partners.
Each year I am reminded that of the myriad ways our school has been blessed, and I am particularly thankful for the two men who were recognized at this year’s event. Congratulations to Don Nickleson who received the Esprit de Corps Award and to Larry Sisson ('85) who received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. These honors are well deserved, and we are grateful for the many ways these men have allowed God to use them to bless Harding.
Two years ago at Taste of Harding, I announced the launch of the Steadfast Campaign that has allowed us to enjoy beautiful renovations of the majority of our outdoor athletic facilities at the Cherry Road campus. At last year’s event, I announced a $150,000 challenge gift toward the Steadfast Campaign. It is hard to believe, but we have already finished the second year of the Steadfast Campaign and are heading into the final year. We have raised over $1.3 million. To complete the Steadfast Projects and address water management issues, engineering and design changes make it necessary for us to raise an additional $900,000. To help us finish strong, please pray for this effort, and consider making a contribution to the Steadfast Campaign (click here to donate online or simply mail a check). I would be glad to talk with you in person about this campaign and the ways it will benefit Harding for years to come.
Once again, thank you for another wonderful Taste of Harding event and for your continued support of Harding Academy.