Southeast KCTCS

President's Gala and Benefactors Awards Dinner

Benefactors of the Year, 2004
Southeast Community College

Vernon and Sara Cole, Lexington
Honored by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

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To accept the award are Vernon and Sara Cole

Vernon and Sara Cole are long-time residents of Harlan County who now reside in Lexington and Sarasota, Florida. They have been supporters of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College for many years. Mr. Cole, former president and CEO of Harlan National Bank, served as chair of the College's Board of Directors for a number of years and served as a community advisor during the institution's Partners in Progress Campaign. The Cole Family has committed more than $100,000 to the College and their support through the years has helped generate support from several other individuals and organizations.

Dr. James Golden (in memoriam) and Mrs. Betty Golden, Pineville
Honored by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

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To accept the award on behalf of Mrs. Golden, is Dr. Bruce Ayers, President/CEO, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

A folk arts collection valued at more than $500,000 - comprised of what critics call a 'critically significant collection that includes objects d'art that are at once serious and whimsical, abstract and ordinary' - was the gift of the late Dr. James Golden and his wife Betty to the Appalachian Archives at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in 1995. "In an era of specialization and pigeonholes," critic Julie Ardery wrote, "the Golden Collection, roughly a thousand pieces of 'art and oddment'," stretches our notion of personal mission and capacity." The Goldens also gave the College a knife collection, with some knives dating to the 1700s. The collection is valued in excess of $250,000.