Following the invocation, the
dinner guests were entertained by
the WCU male quartet’s stirring
rendition of the Mississippi state
song, “Go Mississippi,” followed by
a patriotic medley. Continuing to
showcase the outstanding student
body at Carey, WCU Student
Foundation President Carlos Casilla
gave a moving testimonial about
the important role that scholarships
have played in his being able to
come to the United States from
the Dominican Republic and work
toward a university degree within a
Christian environment. “Every day
I thank God for bringing me to a
place where the Christian values are
first,” said Casilla. “A place where
I know the people that surround
me are people that share the same
values as I.”
Next, after an introduction by
The Honorable Charles Pickering,
Governor Phil Bryant captured the
attention of the audience with a
speech that addressed the challenges
and opportunities facing Mississippi.
He emphasized the importance of
working together to move toward a
more health-conscious Mississippi
while alleviating poverty through
programs aimed at decreasing
high school drop-out rates and
teen pregnancy. The Governor
also spoke of First Lady Deborah
Bryant’s commitment to the people
of Mississippi and her passion for
healthcare excellence and concern
for those in need. He ended his
speech by looking forward to
a bright future for the State of
Mississippi and William Carey
Dr. Lynne Houston, assistant to
the vice president for advancement,
presented Governor Bryant with
a commemorative crystal award
inscribed with the theme of the
dinner, “A Life Committed to God,
to Family, to Mississippi.” Vice
President for Advancement Dr. Scott
Hummel then expressed gratitude
for the outpouring of support the
community demonstrated for this
dinner, the most successful single-
event fundraising effort in the history
of WCU. The evening’s event was
closed with a heartfelt prayer of
thanksgiving and blessing for the
university by William Carey Trustee
Rev. Rossie Francis.
Contributions can be made to the
Governor Phil Bryant Scholarship, or
any other scholarship or fund, at any
time by visiting
GivingtoCarey or calling the Office
for Advancement at 601-318-6107.
(left to right) Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny
DuPree and Congressman Steven Palazzo
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