Four individuals were honored for their many contributions to Anderson University on Sunday evening.
William Hardacre and his wife, Ann, and Dr. James Massey and his wise, Gwendolyn, received the prestigious Heritage Award.
The 2003 Heritage Dinner, among numerous activities during the Church of God’s weeklong convention, honored those who contributed to the mission of Anderson University.
The Hardacres have been pillars among the community’s business landscape for many years. William Hardacre operated the family business, Best Ever Dairy, for 35 years while Ann Hardacre ran a dance studio for 51 years.
“Who would have thought a president of a Church of God university would be honoring a dance teacher?” said Anderson University James Edwards, who made the joke during the awards presentation.
The Masseys, described as “longtime servants of the church’ by Edwards, have contributed greatly to the university for more than 30 years. James Massey served as the university’s first campus minister in 1969 and later became the dean of the School of Theology in 1989. Gwendolyn spent the latter part of her healthcare career as the coordinator of Refugee and Relief Services for the Missionary Board of the Church of God.
“The strength of our development during the last 20 years or so has been in part to the way the community has embraced us,” said Edwards, who lauded the contributions of the award recipients for the betterment of Anderson University.
William Hardacre said of the award; “It’s a great honor for me particularly to receive this with Dr. Massey. It’s also a great honor for me because of my family, who goes so far back with Anderson University.”
Gwendolyn Massey said she and her husband were humbled by the award.
“We’ve just always tried to serve both the community and God in humility,” she added.
--David F. Nelson is a Staff Reporter for the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.