Former CU First Lady Honored; New CU President Introduced at Athens-Concord Town Social
Athens, W.Va. – Hundreds attended the 22nd annual Athens-Concord Town Social (ACTS) that was held today on the front lawn of Concord University from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For the first time in the history of the long-standing social, former First Lady of Concord University, Jean Beasley, was not involved in the planning of the event. She was, however, honored as the recipient of the Total Community Involvement award. In addition, the theme for this year’s event was “A Celebration of Jean Beasley’s Service.”
Athens Mayor Robert Richardson introduced Mrs. Beasley.
“I’m not one for speeches,” stated Mrs. Beasley, “but I really appreciate this recognition and I thank everybody. As you can see, this is a well-oiled machine that goes on because of the hard work of the committee members, and it is the first time in 22 years that I haven’t been a part of the organizing and planning, but I’m just overwhelmed to be a part of the social in this way. I think Athens is the very best place in the world to live!”
Incoming president of Concord University, Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, was also introduced by the Mayor.
“Concord University already has the reputation of being a university with a distinguished national reputation. The traditions of Concord are encapsulated in the current and past leadership …from Dr. Marsh … with the tower and bells … to Dr. Beasley and his wife, Jean, and the legacy they have established. l’m looking forward to moving Concord forward to the next level of excellence.”
The Mayor announced that the dental practice of Dr. Charles Lane Jr. received the Business Longevity Award; and Ms. Irene Benson was recognized as “Elder Citizen.”
On behalf of the Lions Club of Athens, Dr. David Bard accepted the Beautification Award for their work in the ball field at the Athens School. Dr. Bard thanked the volunteers who had helped with the current improvements, and he extended an invitation to guests to pitch in to help with additional chores that needed to be completed at the ball field.
Professor Jonathan Berkey announced that two students from PikeView High School will be receiving scholarships to attend Concord: Mindy Lease and Brandi Wiley, both from Athens.
Joe Lively served as emcee again this year, having served in this function for around 10 years.
ARAMARK provided a scrumptious picnic lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixin’s for today’s guests. Others that contributed to the event included BB&T for sponsoring the lanyards that were given to all who registered and First Community Bank for sponsoring the t-shirts.
Companies that provided door prizes included: Absolute Styles, Advance Auto Parts, Angelo’s Pizzeria, Autozone, Barber’s Muffler & Tire City, Berkshires Frozen Custard, Brogan’s Longshot, Cheap Thrills Records, Conner Instant Printing, Crossroads Automotive Repair, CVS Pharmacy, Deli-Mart, Diamond Land, First Community Bank, Gaylords, Grandfather’s Pawn, Hickman’s Pharmacy, Lane Dental Practice, Little General #2255, Magnolia Room, Marsh Propane, New People’s Bank, Peck’s Feed & Supply, Peking House Chinese Restaurant, Pipestem Trading Post, Poff’s Garage, Princeton Floral, Ramey Automotive Group, Speedway Tire Service, Sun Valley Country Store, Total Health and Healing, Tudors Biscuit World, and Willow Gift Gallery at Four Seasons Pharmacy.
PHOTO: Mayor Robert Richardson presents the Total Community Involvement award to Jean Beasley.
PHOTO: Mayor Robert Richardson presents the Elder Citizen award to Irene Benson.
PHOTO: Mayor Robert Richardson introduces Concord’s new President, Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, Mary Aloia, and Filumena.
PHOTO: Concord’s new president, Gregory Aloia with his wife, Mary, and their youngest of seven children, Filumena (holding “Sweetie”)