Dawna Swinton Baker is organizing this fundraiser.
Mr. and Mrs.
Harry W. Swinton, Sr. are vying for the title of Oakwood University Family of
They were nominated by the D.B. Reid Alumni Chapter for the Oakwood University
National Alumni Association's 47th Annual Homecoming on April 7, 2014. We are
soliciting your help to make this a reality with your purchase of an
advertisement in the Homecoming Souvenir Journal to congratulate, thank or
share your story about Mr. or Mrs. Harry Swinton, Sr. If they raise the most money through
donations and ads, they will be deemed the Family of the Year and National
Honorees at the upcoming Alumni Weekend.
As manager of the College Store for
more than 30 years, Mr. Swinton is
beloved by hundreds of Oakwood alumni and remembered as a shrewd businessman
with a big heart. He helped many single
and married students with jobs and a practical business education. Some say he is an enduring Oakwood College
icon. He starting his career in 1957
during his college days working in the Oakwood College Cafeteria and was
ultimately promoted to executive of the College Store, Snack Bar, Bakery and
gift shop. His legacy and business
acumen lead to the development of scientific food labels for items made at the
store, implementation of student meal
card with Market points and helping turn a profit, not only for the store
enterprise, but also for the campus print shop and facilities management
departments. When he retired in 1997,
Mr. Swinton's tenure at Oakwood was 40 plus years long.
If you remember the Oakwood Store when
it was the destination point on campus, when people traveled across the country
to purchase the best sweet potato pies, butter pound cakes, and bread at
"the Store." If you remember the snack bar where the tastiest veggie burgers, hoagies, and hot dogs were
served with a fountain drink or shake at the bar. Or the long lines for cases of veggie meat and
baked goods during camp meeting. Maybe
you worked for Mr. Swinton at "The Store" or borrowed some items way back when.. anyway,
as I smile with a side eye and a wink.
Those memories fill your heart with joy, don't they? Support
this legacy with your donation or Ad ranging form the Journal cover for $450.00 to a listing as a patron for $25.00. Your tax deductible contribution will accomplish two important objectives.
much needed scholarships for student at Oakwood and,
2.) carry on
the Swinton legacy with Oakwood College Store and the University.
Mr. Swinton celebrated his 81st
birthday on December 1, 2013. His decades of service to Oakwood College has
undoubtedly made a positive and indelible mark on the history of the School and
most likely your life. He worked long hours, six days a week and after sunset
on Saturday to keep the industries he was in charge of in the "
the same time, Mr. Swinton was the quintessential provider for his family and
their home. The Swinton's five children received elementary, middle, high
school or a college education at Oakwood. Today they are proud to have two grandchildren
presently enrolled at Oakwood University. Don't you agree, Mr. and Mrs. Swinton
deserve this honor and your support?
support this legacy, make a donation today with your interesting story about the Swintons, thank them or share how Mr. Swinton positively
influenced your life.
deadline is March 7, 2014. You can also mail
Ad copy and check payable to: D.B. Reid Alumni Chapter of the Oakwood University alumni Association,
P.O. Box 17292, Huntsville, Alabama 35810
Dawna S. Baker