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Sixty-first International Tea was another fund-raising home run for LOC

The sixty-first International Tea hits another fund-raising home run for LOC

As a fundraiser, the 61st International Tea on Feb 17 once again was a success, garnering nearly $23,000 in donations from area churches for LeMoyne-Owen College.

As an example of the faith community’s dedication to LeMoyne-Owen College and its mission, the Tea’s 61–year run can be described as fantastic.

During the event, held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, International Tea chairman Dr. James L. Netters, Pastor Emeritus of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood , and Noah Bond were presented with plaques, honoring them for their 61 years of service to the Tea.

The Tea is an important partnership between area churches and LOC, regarding advocacy and financial support for the 157-year-old college. Participating churches prepare foods from different countries.

Netters told attendees that the Tea kicks off the faith community’s fund-raising season for the LOC.

The International Tea was founded by the late civil rights icon Benjamin L. Hooks, a LOC alumnus who, according to LOC President Andrea Lewis Miller, “understood the invaluable role and tradition the faith community has played in the life of Historically Black Colleges and Universities like LeMoyne-Owen College.”

Another highlight at this year’s event was an announcement by Rev. John McBride, moderator for the West Tennessee B.M.E. Association, that the association was donating another $10,000 to LOC for a $30,000 endowed scholarship.

Churches that prepared food representing different countries were Beulah Baptist Church, Costa Rica; First Baptist Church-Mt. Olive, England; Metropolitan Baptist Church, China; Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood, Kenya and St. John MB Church-Douglass, the United States.

LeMoyne-Owen's Concert Choir, under the direction of Gavin Wigginson, provided musical enertainment.

Pictured is David Allen with Metropolitan Baptist Church.

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