Voorhees raises additional funds for deserving students at gala

April 7, 2014

After having a successful Fourth Annual President’s Scholarship Gala, Voorhees College looks to reward more students with scholarships.

The top sponsor for the gala for was ABL Management, Incorporated, who presented Voorhees with a check for $100,000 during the event.  

Additional sponsors included Matthew A. Golson, former board of trustees member, Jerome Geathers, 2014 Keeper of the Flame honoree, Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ronnie A. Sabb Law Offices, Wells Fargo, Dan Martin All State Agency, Morgan Stanley and the Episcopal Church of South Carolina.

“We thank all of our sponsors for their support of Voorhees,” said President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. “Because of their generosity, we will be able to help many more students remain in school to receive a quality education.”

Following the gala, Voorhees officially kicked off its Founder’s Week with a Trailblazer Reception on April 6. The Trailblazer Reception recognized area churches who made a contribution to Voorhees’ founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee, in 1897 to assist her with establishing a school for young black males and females.

Some of the churches recognized were New Hope Baptist Church of Varnville, Bethlehem Baptist Church of Hampton, Pilgrim Ford Baptist Church of Yemassee, Rome Baptist Church of Denmark, Macedonia Baptist Church of Blackville, Bushy Pond Baptist Church of Norway and Thankful Baptist Church of Bamberg.

“These churches are a part of the rich history of Voorhees,” said Richard Reid, archivist. “Because of these churches, Voorhees still stands strong today 117 years later as an accredited institution. It was important for us to show our gratitude to these churches and officially thank them for helping Voorhees’ founder.”

For more information, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at