Photos by Alexx Causley
The Pepperdine Legacy Partner‘s annual Fall Festival on Nov. 2 was their first fundraiser since their recent name change from the Associated Women of Pepperdine. They raised just over $3,000, according to Pepperdine Legacy Partners Executive Coordinator Tami Williamson.
The festival featured goods from Noonday Collection, jewelry and clothing from The Jool Guy and jewelry from Roxie’s Closet, along with several other vendors. Shoppers could purchase a variety of items ranging from silverware to baked goods to antiques, with an emphasis on holiday gifts. Volunteers for Pepperdine Legacy Partners worked as greeters and cashiers, assisting students, faculty and other members of the Malibu community.
“The Fall Festival provides a festive and convenient way for staff, faculty and students to get a head start on their holiday shopping while supporting a student-focused and faith-focused organization,” Pepperdine Legacy Partners President Lydia Folkerts said. “What great fun to see people from all areas of the campus search the tables for treasures and unique gifts.”
The festival raises money for Pepperdine Legacy Partners’ $5,000 Helen Young Scholarship, given to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students who are active members of the Church of Christ. Students receiving the scholarship are called Helen Young Scholars to “honor the profound impact of its beloved founder,” according to the Pepperdine Legacy Partners website. Students must reapply each year to be considered for funding.
Teacher Education professor and Pepperdine Legacy Partners volunteer Carrie Wall spoke to the importance of the public’s donations in supporting Christian students.
“People contribute and they are very generous, and of course this year we are also creating a scholarship to honor Andy and Debby Benton,” Wall said.
The Andy and Debby Benton Endowed Scholarship is a newly added scholarship to the program. According to Pepperdine’s Crowdfunding website, the Pepperdine Legacy Partners hope to raise $100,000 for this scholarship commemorating President Benton’s time and service at the university.
“Our organization is honored to be able to provide even more scholarships to qualified students through this campaign which honors a beloved couple who continue to be faithful champions of Pepperdine Legacy Partners,” Folkerts said.
Regarding this new scholarship, sophomore and Pepperdine Legacy Partners volunteer Jonathon Cottrill spoke positively about its effect on Pepperdine students.
“I think it’s a great scholarship to honor Andrew Benton and what he’s done for the Pepperdine community,” Cottrill said. “I’m really excited to see the scholarship take off this year.”
Freshman Susannah Gallup said she appreciated the inexpensive prices of items at the festival.
“They have cool jewelry for $2 or $3 and rings for $1,” Gallup said. “There’s even a Pepperdine shirt for $3, [which is less expensive] compared to the bookstore.”
Pepperdine Legacy Partners recently underwent a name change from the Associated Women of Pepperdine in order to “better reflect the ongoing collective efforts of both women and men, partnering together to continue George Pepperdine’s legacy of equipping students to live purposeful Christian lives as servant-minded leaders throughout the world,” according to the Pepperdine Legacy Partners website.
To support Pepperdine Legacy Partner’s mission, individuals can gain membership status, become a volunteer, participate in local events, serve on the National Board or donate on their website.
For more information about the Benton scholarship, visit Impact.Pepperdine.edu/Bentons.
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