05/10/13 On Tuesday, April 23, a group of family and friends of Dennis Emmons, Jr., gathered at The Center at Donaldson for a tree planting dedication service in memory of Dennis Emmons- a long-time supporter of Ancilla College, Earthworks and many other programs within the ministry center community.
Athletic Director Gene Reese proudly stated, “Dennis Emmons was a personal friend and also a revered friend of the athletics department. Among the many things Dennis did to help was to purchase and remodel a nursing home in Plymouth to provide affordable housing for male student/athletes, calling it ‘The Pointe.’ Dennis was also responsible for creating the Dennis Emmons (Big D) Open Golf Outing to benefit student/athletes in the baseball program and it continues today in Dennis’ memory. A gift of $1000 from the Big D outing each year goes into the Dennis Emmons Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund which benefits Marshall County students enrolled at Ancilla College. Dennis was also the first to receive the inaugural “Charger Award”-an award given to an individual recognized for extraordinary commitment to Ancilla Colleges Athletics. A picture plaque recognizing his achievements has been put up in the Charger Arena at the LifePlex
Head baseball coach Joe Yonto continued, “Dennis was an outstanding individual that was truly dedicated to his family, friends and Ancilla College. He put others ahead of himself and was always there to help out and be a part of things no matter what the event or situation. The parents of our players found out firsthand how much Dennis truly cared about their sons and then ended up also having a great relationship with Dennis themselves. He is sorely missed by many. He left his mark in so many places and the tree is just another reminder of a great man!”
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.