January 23, 2009
Dotti and Ed Shelton honored with Founder's Medal

Lees-McRae College honored Dorothy M. "Dotti" Shelton and R. Edwin "Ed" Shelton, of Dobson and Banner Elk, NC, with the Rev. Edgar Tufts Founder's Medal, the most prestigious non-academic award given by the College, as part of the College's Founder's Day celebrations.

The medal reads, "Individuals selected to receive the Founder's Medal reflect the ideals of our founder and have made extraordinary contributions of time, talent and treasure to the College."

Dotti and Ed Shelton have a long history with Lees-McRae. Mr. Shelton is an alumnus of the class of 1960 and was awarded an honorary degree in Political Science in 1995. He and Dotti serve on the College's Board of Visitors and have helped fund many projects at Lees-McRae including the automation project for the James H. Carson Library in 1995-96. Most recently the foyer of the Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex was named in honor of Dotti.

Dotti Shelton, an artist, has donated several paintings to Lees-McRae over the years, both for display and auction at the Scholarship Gala. Her art can be found in Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis and Hampton House Gallery in Winston-Salem and King, NC.

"I am genuinely pleased that we can honor Dotti and Ed as Founder's Medal recipients. Without question they represent the best ideals of Lees-McRae's founder, the Rev. Edgar Tufts. The Sheltons have been deeply connected to Lees-McRae for many years, supporting us with gifts of time, talent and treasure. Dotti and Ed continue to demonstrate the joy of serving others through their commitment to civic and educational causes. They embody the very core of our educational mission as they model for our students a life of meaning and purpose," said Dr. David W. Bushman, President of Lees-McRae College.

The Sheltons are entrepreneurs in every sense of the word. Ed Shelton and his brother, Charlie, co-founded companies including The Shelton Companies of Charlotte, Shelco, Inc., Fortis Homes, King Sash, Carolinas' Distribution Services, and most recently, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, NC. The award-winning Shelton Vineyards, opened in 1999, is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. Ed Shelton was also inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2007.

They are also very civically engaged. The Sheltons not only serve Lees-McRae in many ways, Mr. Shelton serves on The North Carolina Economic Development Board, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Board of Visitors for the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest, Board of Trustees at Queens University and the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Photo: Dotti and Ed Shelton are photographed with President Bushman and leaders of the volunteer boards at Lees-McRae. From left are Paul N. Stephenson, Alumni Trustee Representative; Martha McAfee Krieger, President of the Lees-McRae College Alumni Association; Dr. David W. Bushman, College President; Dotti and Ed Shelton, recipients of the Rev. Edgar Tufts Founder's Medal; Jane B. Stephenson, Chair of the Board of Trustees; and Parker Grubbs, Chair of the Board of Visitors.

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