Following a ‘VU’s Got Talent’ show on Thursday night and an alumni concert featuring Nate Westerfield ’10 on Friday night, hundreds of students, alumni, and members of the community gathered at Vanguard University on Saturday morning in anticipation of a day filled with spirit, pride, nostalgia, support, and love for an institution that has brought people together in life-altering ways.
The celebration kicked off with almost 300 runners/walkers participating in a 5k fun walk/run to support alumni Kevin ’99 and Cami (Grasser) Doyle’s ’99 beautiful 7-year old daughter, Mercy Doyle, who suffers from a neurological disease physicians are actively trying to diagnose. An outpouring of love, support, and prayers for Mercy and her family was in abundance, in addition to all proceeds from the race totaling just over $3,000 for the Doyle family’s mounting medical expenses.
Mercy’s joyful spirit was readily seen through her artwork, which brought smiles to the crowd that cheered for the runners. Vanguard freshman and 5k first-place winner, Levi Moellering, proudly held up one of Mercy’s pictures after crossing the finish line.
The 5k was followed by a luncheon featuring Alumnus of the Year, Ron Bueno ’90, Career Achievement Award recipients Bill ’67 and Nancy (Pearson) ’66 Carmichael, Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Isaac Canales ’74, and Young Alumnus Award recipient Jason Lankow ’03.
Dozens of children played to their heart’s content in basketball and soccer camps led by the Vanguard women and men’s basketball and soccer teams. Bundle reunions ranging from 1950’s to the 2000’s were held at various locations around campus, followed by a Delta Kappa Reunion at the Lobby’s Towers. And if that wasn’t enough excitement and Pit “pride”, the energy continued with the women and men’s basketball playing – and beating – Biola University. Go Lions!
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