Lee College celebrates 75 Years with bash

BAYTOWN — Lee College celebrated its milestone 75th anniversary with a free community-wide birthday bash on Saturday, March 6 at the Bicentennial Park and at the Lee College campus. The birthday event was free to the public.

The college estimated more than 5,000 people attended the event.

The birthday bash offered a variety of food vendors and live concerts, which included the Lee College Jazz Band, Rosehill, which is a contemporary country and western band, the Bayou Big Band and rock and blues band, and The Beat Daddys from Tennessee.

At 12:30 p.m., Lee College welcomed guests with a birthday. In addition to food and music, children enjoyed the free Kid’s Zone, which included moonwalks, balloon and body art, wax hands, wax candle art, big chair photos and a variety of other children’s activities. Automobile enthusiasts were treated to the Bayshore Fine Rides exhibit of antique and classic sports cars.

Lee College faculty were on hand to meet with individuals who may want information about the college and its programs. The campus also offered tours to guestsof the new Advanced Technology Center.

The birthday bash wrapped up with Lee College recognizing four alumni at the distinguished alumni dinner at the Student Center.

The college presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Don Coffey and Lori Erwin. This award is given to a former student who has stood out in their career and community service and graduated more than 10 years ago.

The Rising Star Award is given to the selected outstanding students who graduated less than 10 years ago. This year’s recipients were Michelle Vingless-Townsend and Ebony Stewart-Braswell.