“The Queen of Country” Reba McEntire is known for her career as an actress, singer, and businesswoman, but she is widely known in Clinton, Mississippi, for her intentional good deed of helping a local college.
Clinton residents and Mississippi College students alike have mentioned her expected appearance on April 12 as the keynote speaker at the Spring Scholarship Banquet, an event to raise scholarship money for incoming students.
“This is the single most significant event from a fundraising standpoint for our students,” explained Katrina Pace, executive director of giving and development at MC.
Other featured speakers at the scholarship banquet will include Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, WLBT traffic tracker Barbie Bassett, and WLBT news anchor Maggie Wade.
Mississippi College freshman Alya Shanklin expressed her gratitude for the opportunities given to students with the banquet’s funding.
“The support MC receives from donors and others who attend the Scholarship Banquet is important because it allows students to pursue their dreams, and it relieves the financial burdens a lot of college students face, especially during their first year in college,” she said.
In previous years, the annual Spring Banquet has raised over $4 million for student financial aid with appearances from Drew Brees, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Bob Dole, Steve Forbes, Rudy Giuliani, Chuck Hagel, and Condoleezza Rice.
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