BLUFFTON — Larry and Shirley Copeland, of Findlay, received the Ray Ramseyer Philanthropy Award from Bluffton University.
The award was presented to the couple for their dedication, service and philanthropic support. The Copelands have devoted much of their lives to the advancement of Bluffton, including philanthropic leadership through numerous campaigns and major gifts which have surpassed $1 million.
Larry Copeland graduated in 1965 from Bluffton University. He served as an assistant football coach and adjunct. As the Copeland business grew, they began sharing their financial resources with Bluffton. Larry joined the board of trustees 12 years ago and through his work on the advancement committee, he has helped establish TEAM Bluffton, that provides annual support for athletics and provided leadership support for multiple fundraising campaigns.
The Ray Ramseyer Philanthropy Award was established by the Bluffton board of trustees to publicly recognize individuals and organizations that contribute energy, ideas, time and dollars to make the university’s mission a reality.