Voorhees returns to Charleston for its second annual President’s Scholarship Gala

March 13, 2011

Voorhees College will be hosting its second annual President’s Scholarship Gala and Awards Ceremony commemorating the 114th founding of the institution on Saturday, April 9 at the Charleston Place Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

All proceeds from the gala will be used toward scholarship money for deserving students to attend Voorhees College. 

During the ceremony, the institution will award Trustee Ralph W. Voorhees with the 2011 Keeper of the Flame Award for continuing his family’s legacy of supporting Voorhees College. Voorhees became a member of the Voorhees College Board of Trustees in 2007.

Trustee Voorhees’ family legacy began in 1902 when his great grandfather Ralph Voorhees provided Voorhees’ founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright-Menafee, with $5,000 to buy the land and build the first campus building.

Since 1902, the Voorhees family has continued its dedication and support to Voorhees. 

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity the Voorhees family has provided this institution for more than 100 years,” said President Sellers. “We invite all of our supporters to join us at this year’s gala and help us show our appreciation to Ralph Voorhees for he and his family’s support of education.” 

An outstanding community leader, Trustee Voorhees was the senior vice president of the stockbrokerage firm, Paine Webber, Inc., in Edison, N.J., and a lifelong resident of Highland Park, N.J.  His community activities span health, urban renewal, cultural, and education.   

Voorhees followed a family tradition in attending Rutgers University graduating in 1948.  He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and played football, basketball and baseball.  His grandfather, the Rev. Dr. Oscar M. Voorhees, was an 1888 graduate, and his father, Ralph Whittaker Voorhees Sr., graduated from Rutgers in 1916.   

He is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and holds a Presidential Recognition Award and the Loyal Son of Rutgers Award. 

The entertainment for this year’s gala will be “A Touch of Class,” which is a Charleston show band with a variety of music styles including Motown, R&B and Beach.

For tickets and additional information on this black-tie event, contact Tifanie Lewis at (803) 780-1191 or visit