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Tickets Selling Fast for Mississippi College Spring Scholarship Dinner

March 10, 2014

People seeking tickets to Mississippi College’s spring 2014 scholarship banquet will face an April 15 deadline.

MC’s Office of Advancement leaders reported on Friday March 7 that the event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson has already raised $252,600 for student scholarships. So far, 362 people have purchased tickets.

Dr. Carson is the retired director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The prominent surgeon began serving in that post at age 33.

A philanthropist, writer and contributor to FOX News, the 62-year-old Carson is the author of six bestselling books including “Gifted Hands” and “Think Big.” A Detroit, Michigan native who grew up in poverty, Carson was the keynote speaker at the February 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

Mississippi College’s Spring Scholarship dinners have raised more than $1.8 million since 2008, including the amount raised so far this year.

The first speaker in the series at the Christian university was former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas. Other speakers have included former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A Stanford University professor, Rice spoke on the Clinton campus in 2012. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the keynoter at the Mississippi College event in 2013.

Dr. Carson is expected to touch on the federal Affordable Care Act and other timely topics during his visit to the Clinton campus. The banquet is set for Tuesday evening April 22 in Anderson Hall. He’s also expected to speak to MC students and field questions from Mississippi news reporters prior to his address.

Individual tickets cost $200 for the scholarship dinner.

For more information on tickets, contact Amy Rowan of the MC Advancement Office at 601.925.3257 or Rowan@mc.edu.

Photo: Dr. Benjamin Carson

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