Lubbock Lights Gala to raise funds for scholarship honoring alumnus 

February 10, 2011

LUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University’s Lubbock Campus will hold its annual Lubbock Lights Gala on Tuesday, April 26 at the Lubbock Country Club, aimed at raising scholarship dollars in the memory of a former student.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction with the program and dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships for adult students at the Lubbock Campus, specifically the Harold “H.T.” Cadd Memorial Scholarship endowment. Entertainment for the event will include gospel music by the trio “Harvest,” organized by Holly Betenbough of Betenbough Homes, a longtime supporter of the Wayland campus. Dr. Wayne McNeil will provide dinner music on the piano.

The gala will also feature a tribute to Cadd, a native of Virginia who died in January 2010, as well as some student testimonies. Cadd came to the Wayland Lubbock campus at the age of 50 while working full-time for Gerber Baby Products. After being promoted from sales to area manager, Cadd was encouraged to pursue formal education in order to continue progressing in his career. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the Lubbock Campus, he was promoted to division manager and moved to Denver, Colo., overseeing a six-state territory. While at Wayland, he established a chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a national fraternity for business students, and served as its first president. The chapter earned state Chapter of the Year in 1988.

After his retirement from Gerber, Harold chose to move to Africa to become an independent missionary, establishing the Africa Tent Evangelism ministry which resulted in more than a million new believers in Christ.

“Harold had many interests and achievements, including named Mr. Colonial and becoming the Virginia Golden Gloves Champion in 1952. He also loved to fly and owned a flight school in Lubbock,” noted Dr. Kent Brooks, director of development. “This scholarship seeks to honor his legacy of service and sacrifice while providing opportunities for students like him to continue their education.”

Brooks noted that Cadd’s unique interests and talents were many. He was the owner of a Cessna airplane dealership in Lubbock and flew many dignitaries to various locations. As chief pilot and instructor for the Sandene Corporation of Lubbock, Cadd helped earn a Guiness World Record for the most solo flights in one day in the shortest time period. On April 22, 1978, 16 students made two touch-and-goes each within 83 minutes to set the record. While serving as president of the men’s fellowship at Highland Assembly of God Church, he helped the group purchase a plane for mission work in Guatemala, the only plane in mission service in the country at the time.

Gala tickets are $125 per person, $1,000 to sponsor a table of eight or $500 for a half table. Other sponsor opportunities are available, including food sponsor for $1,500; corporate sponsor for $1,500; event sponsor for $2,000; and event underwriter for $5,000. For more information on sponsorship, contact Dr. Kent Brooks, director of development, at (806) 535-2827.

Endowed scholarships are created with $25,000 in gifts and invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Interest is then pulled annually for scholarships, leaving the main corpus intact into perpetuity. The gala hopes to raise at least $20,000 for a fund in Cadd’s memory.

For tickets and other information on the gala or scholarships, call the Lubbock Campus at (806) 785-9285.