Up To The ChallengeJun 13th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Advancement, Highlights
Wesley College Receives $50,000 Gift from Bellmeyer Family
BY AMANDA KINKADE
The Wesley College Office of Institutional Advancement received a $50,000 gift from Nancy and Walter Everett, the daughter and son-in-law of the late Dr. Joseph and Mary Bellmeyer of Dover. Dr. Bellmeyer was the vice president of Playtex Dover for 25 years, served as a Wesley College trustee for more than 20 years, and was a faculty member in the English department. He passed away in January 2010 at the age of 98. Bellmeyer is fondly remembered for his generous spirit and volunteerism. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church and led various fundraising efforts at Wesley College.
Working in conjunction with the College, the Everetts decided to use proceeds from the Bellmeyer estate to provide a $50,000 challenge grant for the annual Wesley Fund. During a fundraising drive conducted in the fall, 321 Wesley alumni and friends contributed more than $85,000 toward the Bellmeyer Challenge. 32 new donors stepped forward to have their gifts counted as well. With the addition of the Everetts’ gift, the total amount raised for the Bellmeyer Challenge was $135,664.
“As we discussed the possibility of a challenge grant, Joe’s daughter, Nancy, stated that she knew her dad would be smiling down upon us with the thought of his money being used to encourage philanthropy of others to benefit his beloved Wesley College,” said Chris Wood, vice president for institutional advancement. “Walt and Nancy Everett have honored Dr. and Mrs. Bellmeyer’s legacy at Wesley with this gift and benefitted our students in the process.” Money contributed to the Wesley Fund is used to support student financial aid and scholarships at the College.
“Dr. Bellmeyer was famous for regularly challenging the College to seek higher goals, thus he would have been thrilled with the success of the Bellmeyer Challenge,” said President Bill Johnston.