Saturday, May 05, 2007
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Lincoln College alum boosts campaign with gift           Send a link to a friend

[May 05, 2007]  Lincoln College graduate Alex D. "Sandy" MacKinnon of Tampa, Fla., remembers the supportive education he received when he first entered college. He is returning that support by making a gift of $100,000 that will help build a new gymnasium and museum for Lincoln College.

MacKinnon, who received an Alumni Achievement in Business award during the Lincoln College alumni reunion dinner, said he was filled with emotions when he was on campus. "I am very humbled to receive this award, and I am grateful that Lincoln College gave me a chance at getting an education," he said.

MacKinnon is chief executive officer of Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia. He has served on multiple community projects in the Tampa area, including Florida 2012, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Sports Authority, where he was an active member in the planning of the Raymond James Stadium, which is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Lincoln College President John Hutchinson said he was touched by MacKinnon's support. "This gift is an extraordinary boost to our comprehensive campaign and it is so touching to recognize that this gift represents a payback for the power of Lincoln College in transforming Mr. MacKinnon's life. He told me, ‘To whom much has been given, much will be asked.' He has certainly lived out this sentiment. We are deeply grateful," Hutchison said.

Debbie Ackerman, vice president of institutional advancement, said the gift helps bring the reality of a new Lincoln Center into focus. "We are grateful for Sandy and Dottie MacKinnon's gift to our comprehensive capital campaign. Their generosity moves us one step closer to breaking ground and building this very important facility," said Ackerman.

[Text from file received from Lincoln College]

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