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Lantern Society

Missouri Southern Foundation’s Major Giving Society

In honor of the vision of its founders and of the outstanding leadership and service of friends and donors, the Missouri Southern Foundation established the Missouri Southern Lantern Society. Through the Lantern Society, the MSSU Foundation recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed private resources to improve educational opportunities for students at Missouri Southern State University.

New membership in the Lantern Society is currently granted to donors whose cumulative giving to the Missouri Southern Foundation totals $10,000 or more.

Giving societies recognize cumulative giving levels through March 1, 2023 and will be updated each spring.


University Fellows' Circle

Donors giving gifts of $1,000,000+ 


Bill and Tracy Gipson
David and Debra Humphreys



Freeman Health System
Leggett & Platt
Robert W. Plaster Foundation


Governors' Circle

Donors giving gifts of $250,000 - $999,999


Jim Brown
Steve and Sharon Chandler
Perry and Kim Davis
Daryl and Patricia Deel
Marvin and Marsha Gray
Ralph Gray
Don and Gloria LaFerla
Mike and Bre LaFerla
Richard and Cheryl Schooler
Ronnie and Mary Simpson
Bryan and Leticia Vowels
Bob and Dot Willcoxon
Felix and Margaret Wright


Fred and Rebekah Hughes Charitable Trust
Helen S Boylan Foundation
Liberty Utilities-Empire District
McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation
Mercy Hospital Joplin


Founders' Society

Donors giving gifts of $100,000- $249,999


Rod and Janice Anderson
Ken Bado
Richard and Christine Beydler
Joseph Braun
Ken and Deanna Caviness
Jim and Chéri Dawson
Dick and April Rasmussen
Henry Robertson
Cynthia Schwab
Anne Sharp
Russell and Gail Smith
Dan and Jeanette Stengel
Debbie Thompson
Brandon and Erin Weaver
Kay Wells


C W Titus Foundation
Dorothea B. Hoover AAUW Foundation
H.E. Williams Inc.
Hiland Dairy Foods
Joy Spiva Cragin Charitable Trust
Lemons Family Charitable Trust
Roper Auto Group
Ruth I. Koplin Foundation
Southwest Missouri Bank


Presidents' Society

Donors giving gifts of $50,000 - $99,999


Ross Babbitt
Ron and Paula Baird
Glen and Sue Barnett
Sallie Beard
Ken and Beverly Block
Trey Boucvalt
Harold Conner
Steve and Donna Cupp
Gene and Laurie Delano
Steven and Debbie Dodson
Russ and Wendy Fugate
Jim and Sue Goodknight
Robert and Marilyn Holscher
Fred Horst and Marilyn Dishman-Horst
Jim and Brenda Jackson
Steve and Debi Koelkebeck
Teresa Massa
Larry and Donna McIntire
Sara Newman
Kenneth and Gail Ochs
Rocky and Pam Overman
Jerry and Nancy Perry
Jim and Cathy Rhodes
Ron and Patty Richard
Chris and Ruth Roessler
Bill and Nydia Rowe
Tom and Karen Rutledge
Janice Steele
Don and Christy Swanson
Thomas and Joan Taylor
Joel and Dianne Tupper
Mike Wheeler
Tony Williams


Arvest Bank
Big Brothers
Crossland Construction
Eagle Picher Industries
Freeman Johnson Trust
Marco Group
MSSU Alumni Association
MSSU Biology Department
Nexstar Broadcasting
Paragon Architecture
People’s Bank of Seneca
RE Smith Construction
Soroptimist Club of Joplin
Steadley Trust
The Joplin Globe
UMB of Carthage


1937 Society

Donors giving gifts of $25,000-$49,999



Russ and Suzy Alcorn
Chris and Lynda Banwart
Vincent and Karen Beckett
Jack Belden
Connie Billingsly-Godwin
Scott and Kit Brothers
Judith Brown
Donna Browne
Gay Burns
Jennifer Burr
Deron Burr
Lois Buzzard
Mike and Leigh Carter
Jim and Cathleen Castagno
Chris and Christine Churchwell
Linda Cobine
Don and Bonnie Cox
Curt and Kristie Crossland
Jack and Teri Crusa
Bryce and Pamela Darnell
Janice Denney
Myrna Dolence
Bonnie Douglas
Pat and Kim Earl
Mark and Suzanne Flanegin
James and Michelle Foster
Brian and Amanda Fronzaglia
David Frye
Nancy Good
Mike and Virginia Gray
Jim and Delores Honey
Dale and Joetta Hutchings
Brian and Amy Ipsen
Steven Jaccaud
Richard and Theresa Kenney
Bill Kumbier
Douglas and Cindy Lawson
Julio and Vivian León
Scott and Cindy Liebenguth
Rob and Karen Lieurance
John and Christy Lindsay
Ida Locarni
James and Barbara Lyall
Debbie McCoy
Charles and Donna McGinty
Mike and Susan Moore
Sandie Morgan
John and Renee Motazedi
Joe and Rebecca Newman
Wes and Jennifer Ogden
Bob and Jo Oldt
Brad and Anita Oplotnik
Andrea Pence
Mike Pound and Lee Elliff Pound
Charles Pruitt
Bill and Cindy Putnam
Brad Reeves
Troy and Jenny Richards
Charles and Cynthia Rodgers
Hal and Ruth Roper
Benji and Patty Rosenberg
Marty and Kim Shoenthaler
Phil and Tiffany Slinkard
Rod Smith
Troy and Kristin Stovern
Jeff and Lauren Taylor
Sherry Vincent
Doris Walters
Steven and Marci Warren
Mark and Stephanie Williams
Mike and Kelly Wilson
Barbara Windle


Allen McReynolds Trust
Beimdiek Insurance
Brad Reed Memorial Fund
Childress Royalty Company
Images in Tile
Jack Henry & Associates
Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501
Kiwanis Club of Joplin
Missouri Eagle
Southwest Missouri Dental Society
The Insurancenter
Walton Family Foundation

Gold Society

Donors giving gifts of $10,000 - $24,999



Keith and Alice Adams
Jana Allison
David and Glenda Austin
Joe and Melody Balentine
Richard Barker
Kenneth Barnes
Sam and Julie Beakey
Lance and Sharon Beshore
Elizabeth Betebenner
Scott and Darla Boudreaux
Gary Bradshaw
Randy and Judy Braun
Michelle Brekken
Bill and Kathy Brewster
Deborah Brown
Jared Bruggeman
Maria Bruggeman
Chuck and Sherry Buchanan
Patty Chardon
Clarence and Jeneane Chartier
Steve and Patty Chenault
Chick Chickering
Anita Clark
Chad Clay
Phil and Johannah Close
Robert and Cindy Corn
Larry and Karen Cowger
Scott Cragin
Doug and Pam Crandall
Bennie and Shonda Crossland
Melissa Cupich
Doug and Karla Darnell
Gary Dawson
Larry and Elizabeth Deffenbaugh
Julian and Linda Delzell
Doug and May Doll
Chris Dumm
Gary and Suzanne Duncan
Jeff and Nancy Dymott
Kent and C.B. Eastman
David and Christina Eddy
T. Mark and Denise Elliott
Julia Fahrig
Rudy and Dorothy Farber
Ron and Kay Fauss
Scott and Jill Fields
Matt and Tracy Flanigan
Darren and Denise Fullerton
Mike and Sheila Goodpaster
Tucker and Whitney Hagedorn
Carlos and Susan Haley
Lynn Hayworth
Steve and Marilyn Henderson
Ed and Alison Hershewe
Terry Hess
Randy and Susan Hill
Troy and Susan Hill
Brad and Sue Hodson
Sam and Pam Holmes
Stephanie Holscher Bear
James and Carole Johnson
David Jones
Dee Kassab
Maridan Kassab
Bob and Candy Kelly
Charles and Karen Kemp
Virginia Laas
Ron and Carolyn Lankford
Bryan and Leslie Larson
Mike Lawson
Jack Lemon
David and Melissa Locher
Andrea Logan
Jeffrey and Kathryn Macomber
Alan and Lori Marble
Cary and Veronica Marion
Myron and Janet McKinney
John and Nancy Messick
Jason and Kristi Mickey
Steve and Vicky Mieseler
Rilla Miller
Kevin and Tracy Minear
Ron and Becky Mitchell
Terry Neff
Gary and Joncee Nodler
Pedro Pantoja
Billy and Dana Parker
Mark and Deborah Patterson
Todd and Nikki Pefferman
Sharon Plummer
Carolyn Prater
Donald and Donna Pritchard
William Rainey
Noble Rajanayagam and Monicca Shanthanelson
Ben Reed
John and Nancy Richardson
Julia Robbins
Justin and Leslie Roberts
Kevin and Carol Roller
Larry and Gloria Sanborn
Mark and Karen Sandridge
Zach and Lacey Scheirer
Rosemary Schwab
Paul and Trula Shipman
Donnie and Pat Simpson
Larry and Donna Snyder
Bruce and Carmen Speck
Dan and Melanie Stanley
Terry Stults
Sandra Swanson
Peter Swenson and Maria Wiss
Cora Taylor
Scott and Tammy Trent
Carolyn Trout
Nick and Teyoni Tuck
Warren and Gloria Turner
Nancy Underwood
Dean and Mary Van Galen
Scott and Christina Wade
Richard and Sue Walter
Sylvia Weed
Tom Wells
Jonathan and Julie Wengert
Clifford and Pam Wert
Linda Williams
Michael Williams
Steve Williams
Kyle Wilson
Floyd and Jane Wiss
Brian Workman
David Wright
Ed and Susan Wuch
Rob and Bridget Yust


Ash Grove Charitable Foundation
Blevins Asphalt Construction
Brett Wilson D.D.S.
Cardinal Scale Manufacturing
Christopher Foundation
Commerce Bank of Joplin
Delta Kappa Gamma
Dogwood Trails
Downstream Casino Resort
Frank Fletcher Toyota
Gaskill Memorial Trust
H. Keith Williams Revocable Trust
Heart of America Beverage
Joplin Golf Foundation
Joplin Supply Co.
Joplin TriState Chapter 197, IMA
Karen Rutledge Insurance Agency
Mid-Missouri Bank
MSSU School of Business
Ozark Center
Sign Designs
Soroptimist Club of Carthage
Standard Transportation Services
TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
The Farber Foundation
The Hershewe Law Firm, P.C.
The Law Firm of Christopher W. Dumm
Tri-State Motor Transit Co.
US Bank of Joplin
William T. Kemper Foundation

Green Society

Donors giving gifts of $5,000 - $9,999


Larry Abernathy
Sarah Angelette
Tom and Jane Atkinson
Gary Bandy and Doris Carlin
Don and Beth Barlet
Stephen and Madalyn Bazzano
David Bixler
O.D. and Beverly Blue
Karen Bradshaw
L.R. and Rosalee Buehner
Bill and Toni Burlingame
Robert and Ann Carter
Martha Chase
Larry and Rhonda Clark
Jeannine Coles
Dean and Nancy Collins
Sue Cooper
Tom and Cindi Cox
Stephen and Stephanie Crane
Howard Curl
Walter Dandridge
Jon Dermott
Aldo Dominguez
Mary Elick
P.A. and Shirley Esch
Ted and Debra Evans
Brad and Jimmye Fagan
Richard Gibbons
Roger and Kreta Gladden
Leon and Gloria Glover
Chuck and Lori Good
Jim and JoAnn Graffam
Zachary Grant
William and Jennifer Gray
Jim and Sharon Gray
Harry Greninger
Helen Habermann
Skip and Kandi Hale
Keith Hankins
Ray and Cindy Harding
Christi Harper
Patsy Harrell
Konrad and Barbara Heid
Cristina Hernandez
Christy Herrin-Hamilton
James and Barbara Hicklin
Rose Higgins
Ruth Ann Hodson
David Hokanson
Jeff Hollis
Doug and Kay Hollis
Gwen Hunt
Tony Ishmael
Claude and Gloria Jardon
Mike Jennings
Denver and Danita Johnson
Mary Johnston
Alton Jones
Michael Kelly
Nancy Knost-Righthouse
Jerry and Betty Laflen
Nancy Laptad
Craig and Denise Lipsey
Bill Martz
Kent and Jackie McIntire
Gina Miller
Richard and Cindi Miller
Samuel and Deborah Miller
Samuel and Denise Miller
Donald Mills
Charles Nodler
Janice Oldham
Amber Phipps
Brenda Pitts-Davison
Rob Robertson
Will and Cheryl Roderique
Mark Rosin
Ron and Marilyn Schultz
Richard Scott
Mike and Helen Shore
Brent and Shari Smith
Jeffrey Smith
Mitchell and Deborah Stinnett
Richard and Marilyn Taylor
Phyllis Taylor
Paul and Laura Teverow
Charlotte Thelen
John and Harleen Tiede
Karen Tuggle
Stephen and Dana Walstad
Bruce and Vicki West
Lorraine Whittington
Daniel Whitworth
Stephen and Sarah Williams
Jane Wyman