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Shepherd Foundation sponsors Joseph P. McMurran Society annual dinner reception

ISSUED: 12 May 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd Foundation sponsors Joseph P. McMurran Society annual dinner reception)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation sponsored the annual Joseph P. McMurran Society dinner reception on Saturday, April 30 in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall. Previous members were welcomed back while new members were honored with a framed medallion and nameplate. Dinner was prepared by Chef Scott Anderson and Shepherd University Catering.

As the first president of Shepherd University, Joseph McMurran set standards of academic excellence that required him to make personal financial sacrifices in order to keep the college open. Through his dedication to Shepherd, McMurran began a tradition of philanthropy which is carried on today by the society's members. The Joseph P. McMurran Society was established at Shepherd to honor those who have chosen to provide for the future of the university with a bequest or planned gift.

Longtime members Jim and Gladys Wright traveled from Gainesville, Virginia, to attend the reception. "We always enjoy attending this event for the fellowship and ambience of the evening, as well as the honor of being a part such a philanthropic group of people in support of Shepherd University," said Jim Wright, a Shepherd alumnus and member of the class of 1970.

Ramon A. Alvarez, Shepherd University Foundation president and a member of Shepherd's class of 1962, praised the society's humanitarian spirit. "Shepherd University will continue to grow and prosper for generations to come due to the generosity of our McMurran Society members and their desire to leave a legacy with this institution," Alvarez said. "We are proud to honor such a great group of philanthropists."

If you are interested in learning more about establishing a planned gift through the Shepherd University Foundation, contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, mlingenf@shepherd.edu or visit http://www.shepherd.edu/fndtnweb.

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