Annual DMU dinner to raise money for endowed scholarship for minorities

The 2009 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner October 14 at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s Simon Estes. You are invited to attend.

Money raised from ticket sales and donations increases the endowment for the Glanton Scholarship Fund which enables minority Des Moines University (DMU) students to achieve an education in medicine and health care and go on to do a world of good.

This year’s honoree, Iowa’s Simon Estes, is an internationally renowned bass-baritone and humanitarian. Estes is the grandson of a slave and son of a coal miner who has performed in operas, musicals and recitals around the world. People in Iowa and beyond also know him for his interactions with young people and support of community improvement efforts. He also has established foundations and funds that provide medical care, scholarships and other services to youth in Iowa and around the globe. Estes’ numerous awards and honorary degrees include the Iowa Award and a doctorate from Iowa State University. He is a distinguished artist-in-residence at ISU and at Wartburg College and valued member of the DMU global health department.

A long-time supporter of this event, host Prairie Meadows is one of many community leaders sponsoring the event. If you would like to initiate a corporate or individual sponsorship, call Sue Huppert at 515.271.1384. Steve Berry and Courtney Green will serve as masters of ceremonies. Estes plans to perform at some point during the evening.

A $125 ticket gets you into a 5:30 p.m. reception before the dinner at 6:30. You may also purchase a table for eight for $1000. For questions about the dinner or how to get tickets, please call Lyrio Cloma-Read at 515.271.1387.

The Honorable Luther T. Glanton Jr. and Willie Stevenson Glanton Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to assist minority medical or health science students at Des Moines University. The award, which recognizes academics and financial need, is named for the husband and wife who rose to the pinnacle of the legal profession at a time when most black Americans were struggling to gain basic civil rights. The Glantons had a passion for helping others succeed; out of that desire, the Glanton Scholarship was established in 2004.


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