Abilene, Texas _ HSU Alumna Christy Wilson Beam (’95), will headline
the Hardin-Simmons University Round Table Scholarship Luncheon on March 3,
2016. Beam’s memoir, “Miracles From Heaven,” has been made into an upcoming movie
to be released March 16th starring Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah,
and Martin Henderson.
Also speaking at the event will be DeVon Franklin, producer of “Miracles from
Heaven.” Franklin is president and CEO of Franklin Entertainment. He is also
author of “Produced by Faith” and a popular motivational speaker and preacher.
Beam was born and raised
in Abilene. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a Bachelor of Behavioral
Science in Education and a specialization in Reading. She now resides near
Burleson, Texas, with her husband Dr. Kevin Beam (B.S. ’94 and HSU Athletics Hall of
Fame honored quarterback), and their three daughters, Abby, Annabel, and
Adelynn. Beam’s memoir was published in 2015 by Hachette Books.
Beam says she and her
family witnessed a miracle through their daughter Annabel. It is because
of God’s unending mercies and faithfulness that Beam felt the story of this
miracle must be told. “Miracles from Heaven” describes in detail the events
surrounding a young girl’s medical trials, a mother’s heartache, a family’s
devastation, and a miraculous healing that occurred through the most unusual
circumstances. Her memoir is described as a testament to faith and family, and
a balm for any soul longing to know the powerful reality of God’s love.
Susan Keeling, chair of
the 2016 Round Table luncheon, said the organization chose Beam as speaker
because of her family’s miraculous story and because it wanted to honor an
alumni during HSU’s 125th anniversary year.
Franklin, the movie’s producer through his company Franklin Entertainment, was named
as one of the top 100 influential African-Americans in America by Ebony
Magazine and as one of the Most Influential Christians Under 40 by BeliefNet.
He served as SVP of Columbia TriStar Pictures for a decade during which time he
championed box office successes including “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The
Karate Kid,” “Jumping the Broom,” and “Heaven Is For Real.” He began his career
as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment. He
earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in
Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California. He lives in Los
Angeles with his wife, Meagan.
About the Event
While tables for the popular
luncheon event have already sold out, those interested in attending may inquire
about a waiting list by contacting Andrea Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those already holding tickets to the sold-out event, doors to the Van Ellis
Theater will open to luncheon guests at 11:30 a.m., with lunch to begin at
11:45. The program will begin at noon.
About the Lucile Sandefer Scholarship
and Virtue Award
During its centennial year celebration, Round Table
members established the annual luncheon event as a fundraiser for the
scholarship that is awarded to a female student during the event.
In addition to the scholarship, The Virtue Award is
presented to a woman who has demonstrated support of Hardin-Simmons and
reflects the service principles and virtues of the founders of the Round Table
Recipients of the Lucile Sandefer Memorial Round Table
Saleena Ramzanali, Hawley, Texas, a pre-med
major who maintained a 4.0 grade point average while being active in many
Andrea Beard, Dallas, Texas, a public relations and advertising major with
a minor in Leadership Studies. She was also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi
honors service fraternity.
Holly Lewis, Colorado City, Texas, biology major with
biochemistry minor, set to graduate in 2015 with plans to attend medical
Whitney Browning of Seymour, Texas, majored in exercise
science and pre-physical therapy. She was also a member of the HSU Honors
Nicole Little, biology major from Weatherford, Texas,
served as member of Gamma Beta Phi and coordinator of several informal campus
Danielle Kizer, pre-med biology major from Fort Worth, Texas,
served on the Freshman Activity Team, new student Bible study, and as a
volunteer at Hendrick Medical Center
Recipients of the Round Table Virtue Award
Bea Shackleford, 2015; Martha Lacewell, 2014; Dr. Rosa Lee
Prichard, 2013; Tina Hunter, 2012; Dr. Virginia Connally, 2011
Supporting the Event
The HSU Round Table gratefully appreciates the following
luncheon underwriters and sponsors whose names and honorees will be recognized
at the event.
Gold Star Underwriter
Dodge Jones Foundation
Dr. Rosa Lee Prichard
Dr. Jud Powell
Dian Graves Owen Foundation
Purple Iris Underwriter
First Financial Bank
First Baptist Church Foundation
Shelton Family Foundation
Mike and Marsha Hammack
Hendrick Medical Center
Bill and June Dent
Dr. Lanny and Carol Hall
Dr. Dorothy Barnes
Dr. Brett and Jill Teague
Tommy and Judy Brisco
Regional Medical Center
Round Table Scholarship Luncheon
Thursday, March 3, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Van Ellis Theatre, 2410 Cedar Street,