Respected Blount County leader Tutt Bradford, honorary co-chair of the Connecting Communities, Changing Lives Major Gifts Campaign under way at Pellissippi State Community College, was honored on Nov. 12 by the Pellissippi State Foundation at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon.
The luncheon was hosted by the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The organization has more than 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters worldwide.
Bradford has been instrumental in the Foundation’s success over the years, says Allen Edwards, Pellissippi State president.
“Tutt Bradford has actively supported both of the college’s campaigns to raise money for its Blount County facilities,” said Edwards. The first major gifts campaign had as a priority renovation of the existing campus in Alcoa. A priority of the current campaign has been the new Blount County Campus, located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in the Friendsville community.
“He also created both the Tutt Bradford Scholarship and the Daily Times Scholarship for the newspaper he formerly owned,” Edwards said. “Pellissippi State and our community are fortunate to have such a generous and special friend like Tutt Bradford.”
Publisher of Maryville’s Daily Times from 1955 to 1985, Bradford has served on the boards of the Blount Library Foundation and the Blount Hearing and Speech Foundation. In 1960, he took over the role of Blount County Chamber of Commerce president.
From 1970 to 1972, he was president of the Blount County Industrial Development Board. He was named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 1991 by the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives.
The Foundation has raised more than $1.85 million toward completion of the new campus, which is slated to offer classes fall semester 2010. The total cost of the state-of-the-art facility is $22 million. More than 1,800 Blount County residents are enrolled at the Blount County Center in Alcoa.