by M. Latimer
Last weekend, more than 250 Edward Waters College alumni gathered to honor long-term community supporters at the Annual Homecoming Spirit Brunch. The event, themed “The Cheerful Givers,” allowed alums to recognize five outstanding organizations for their support of Edward Waters College and its students.
Started in 2000 by the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of the Edward Waters College National Alumni Association, the Homecoming Spirit Brunch was created to foster
Excitement for the annual homecoming football game and to provide graduates with a platform for honoring each other and outstanding members of the community. According to event chair Marguerite Warren, a member of the EWC Class of 1965, the Homecoming Spirit Brunch started as a breakfast. “Alums normally meet, eat and fellowship at 7:30am before the Homecoming Parade. Traditionally, we spend Homecoming Saturday reminiscing about our experiences as students, sharing the good things that are currently taking place on campus, saluting those who have made significant contributions to the College, and raising money to continue EWC’s legacy of providing a quality education to deserving students,” said Warren.
The 2015 Spirit Brunch honorees were: the H. Alvin Green Alumni Memorial Chorale; the International Longshoremen’s Association (Local 1408); the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; St. Philip’s Episcopal Church; and the United Supreme Council/the Florida Council of Deliberation. All five organizations have provided annual scholarships, mentoring and/or job opportunities to EWC students for at least five years. Collectively, the groups have contributed more than $250,000 to Edward Waters College.