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MSSU Philanthropy Awards for Corley, Leggett & Platt



Philanthropy Awards for Corley, Leggett & Platt

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Spirit of Philanthropy awards were presented to an individual and a corporation at the annual Lantern Society Dinner held Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Billingsly Student Center ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.

More than 120 donors gathered to be recognized for their support of the University, including this year’s award winners.

William Robert Corley and the Leggett & Platt corporation were honored for their contributions to MSSU and the community.

A long-time Joplin businessman, Mr. Corley is a patron of the area arts and has contributed to several community charities. Also, he has generously supported many aspects of Missouri Southern, including the International Piano Competition, Southern’s radio station and the International Mission Endowment. In addition, he has created an endowed scholarship to help students achieve their educational goals.

Leggett & Platt, Inc. has given back to the community in numerous ways. One example is their support of the One State, One Spirit Classic in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. This basketball game between Missouri Southern and the University of Missouri raised funds to help victims of the 2011 tornado. The list of areas at Missouri Southern benefiting from L& P generosity includes the capital campaign, International Piano Competition, contributions to academic and athletic units as well as several scholarship funds.

Dr. Virginia Laas, MSSU emeritus history professor and award-winning author, was the featured speaker. Her comments centered on her reasons for making significant contributions to the University for the Jeans Lecture in History in honor of her parents and other areas including scholarships.

For information about the Missouri Southern Foundation and the Lantern Society, call (417) 625-9693.

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