University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 24 2005

Lawson Hamilton, Jr. to Headline Concord Fundraiser at the Greenbrier, Saturday, April 2

Athens, W. Va. – “His love of people is contagious!” stated James H. “Buck” Harless about his good friend, Lawson W. Hamilton, Jr. Harless was the keynote speaker and honorary chair of the 2003 Southern West Virginia Fund for Concord Dinner. Also, he is the most recent recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from Concord.

Hamilton will be speaking at the sixth annual Southern West Virginia Fund for Concord dinner held at The Greenbrier on Saturday, April 2.

The annual affair raises funds for scholarships for students attending Concord University, and has become an event that is anticipated by Concord’s alumni and supporters.

Lawson Hamilton is a retired coal executive with the Ford Coal Company. He is the co-founder of the West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund and co-chairman of the West Virginia KIDS COUNT Leadership Collaborative. Mr. Hamilton is active in the Presbytery of West Virginia and in his church, Old Stone Presbyterian in Lewisburg. Mr. Hamilton is a recent recipient of the Spirit of the Valley award in West Virginia and the Spirit of Life award given by the City of Hope, a research hospital in California.

Mr. Hamilton actively supports the Boy Scouts in his community and also supports Duke University Children’s Hospital in North Carolina and the Berea Hospital Foundation in Kentucky. He is a recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Charleston and Davis and Elkins College. He is known throughout West Virginia for his community spirit and philanthropy.

David P. Kirby, a member of the event’s planning committee said that, “We are fortunate to have Lawson speak at our Greenbrier dinner. He sets an example by which the rest of us should live. His love and respect of God, family, friends, and community inspire all of us who are privileged to know him. When the next chapter of West Virginia’s history is closed, Lawson will be recognized; not for his extraordinary success as a businessman, but for his charitable and generous acts.”

“We know Lawson Hamilton as a big-spirited man who defies easy description,” stated Concord University President Jerry Beasley. “We're sure to be delightfully surprised by what he has to say to our assembled guests. His well-known love of the arts suggests that we are in store for a memorable evening with one of our state's most respected business leaders.”

The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. in Colonial Hall, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $125, and tables are available for $1,250, $2,500 and $5,000. The Commanders will provide entertainment for the evening. For more information, contact the Concord University Office of Development by Friday, March 25, 2005, at 1-304-384-5257 or devly@concord.edu.

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PHOTO: Lawson W. Hamilton, Jr.

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