Inaugural Evening with Bryan inspires attendees

June 5, 2014

1.23_EveningWithBryanThursday, Jan. 16, the Bryan Scholarship Fund’s Rhea County regional volunteers hosted the inaugural Evening with Bryan event, which was sponsored by First Bank of Tennessee, in the Rhea County Room. This dinner was the first of its kind and the first of many such opportunities that will enable local donors to see firsthand the incredible difference their contributions have made to students.

Left to right: Rick Farney, Lebron Purser, Dr. Chris Horton,
Paul Ardelean, Ralph Green, David Holcomb An Evening with Bryan was emceed by Dayton Rotary President-Elect Lebron Purser. He and his wife Rachel contribute to the fund because they recognize the importance it carries that Rhea County volunteers help Rhea County students achieve higher education at an institution already in the community.

Donor and Rhea County volunteer Dr. Chris Horton of Horton Family Medicine in Dayton said, “It’s tremendous to see all the people involved with Bryan College” because the college “has become integrated into the fabric of our community” in Rhea County.

Attendees also heard alumni and staff testimonies speaking to the value of helping students obtain a Bryan education. Ralph Green, a member of Bryan’s board of trustees for over 20 years and a ’56 alumnus himself, noted that the friendships he built in college “have become a significant remembrance” in his life.

David Holcomb, the director of the Bryan Scholarship Fund, expressed the school’s overflowing gratitude for the volunteers’ generosity and willingness to get involved: “The story of the relationship between Bryan College and Rhea County is a wonderful, powerful story to tell, and it is an honor to work with such wonderful volunteers in our community to raise awareness for the Bryan Scholarship Fund.”

Upcoming Evening with Bryan events will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 1; Atlanta, Ga., on March 15; Asheville, N.C., on March 21; and Charlotte, N.C., on March 22. For more information contact David Holcomb at 423.775.7247 or by email at

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;