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Bell Tower Gala

Fourth Annual Charitable Event to Honor Daush, Dunavant, Perry

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University will hold its fourth annual Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, November 14 at the Hilton Memphis Tennessee Grand Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. This year's Gala is generously presented by FedEx Corporation.

This unforgettable evening will be a festive charitable event, a tribute to the history of Lasallian education in Memphis, and a great way to reconnect with old friends. And since all proceeds support CBU’s exceptional academic programs and scholarships, it’s a great way to invest in the future of CBU students and the CBU community.

This year CBU will be awarding the Maurelian Medal to BARBARA DAUSH, president of St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School, and honoring STEVE DUNAVANT ('83) and BROTHER DYLAN PERRY ('10) with the Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Young Alumna awards. CBU will also be awarding the first-ever Teaching Excellence Award to Biology Professor Dr. MARY OGILVIE.

Steve Dunavant has more than 30 years of public accounting experience, and currently serves as a managing director for the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, LLC. Steve was one of the founding members of its predecessor firm, Thompson Dunavant PLC.

Dunavant graduated from CBU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Tennessee in 1985. In 1997, he received a Certificate of Education Achievement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tax Planning & Advising for Closely Held Businesses.

Dunavant provides guidance on a variety of financial and taxation matters involving: pass through entities, acquisitions/divestitures, utilization of tax incentives, and healthcare reform. His clients include "high net worth" individuals/family offices, private equity funds, and closely-held businesses who own and operate businesses in the following industries: manufacturing, food processing, real estate, retail services, investments, and, entertainment.


Brother Dylan Perry is the associate director of the Lasallian Volunteers for the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He has served in this role since 2013 and is responsible for the well-being and formation of nearly 50 LVs each year who serve in Catholic schools and social service institutions around the country.

Perry earned his bachelor’s degree at CBU in Religion and Philosophy with minors in Peace Studies and Global Studies. While at CBU he served as a Senator for Student Government, helped start the Community Garden on campus, and interned with GrowMemphis at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. After graduation from CBU, he served as a Lasallian Vounteer for a year at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

Perry earned a Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in 2013. As part of his studies he worked with Little Rock Urban Farming to create the Southern Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Soil for Life (in Cape Town, South Africa), and with the Arkansas Governor’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.


CBU will also honor Barbara Daush as the recipient of the Maurelian Medal for her distinguished service to Memphis education during her tenure as president of St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School. Named for Brother Maurelian, the University's first president, the Maurelian Medal is awarded to an individual who has contributed in a significant way through service to the university or the community, or to someone who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of education.

Daush has been president of St. Agnes-St. Dominic since 1994 and recently announced that she will leave the school in 2016. She has maintained a commitment to the legacy of the Dominican Sisters who founded the School 163 years ago, but has also proven to be a transformative leader. During her time leading the school, enrollment has grown 45 percent, the school’s endowment has grown 8,000 percent to over $5.6 million and the campus has been reinvented through two major capital campaigns.

Daush is currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). She was named the 2014 CEO of the Year by MBQ Magazine and was a member of the inaugural class of the Memphis Business Journal's Super Women in Business in 2012. 


Lastly, the National Alumni Board will present Dr. Mary Ogilvie with the Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Ogilvie has taught in the biology department at CBU since 1991, and currently teaches Principles of Biology I and II, Biology Seminar, Immunology, and Cell/Molecular Biology (BIOL 421) lecture and lab.

Dr. Ogilvie moved to Tennessee in 1966 with her family (she was 10) so she's a local girl who never quite picked up the southern accent. Her high school years were spent at Immaculate Conception, where "I grumbled about having to wear pleated, plaid skirts and saddle oxfords." It was there that she began her interest in Biology. 

As college years approached, she knew she wanted to major in Biology but wasn't sure about career directions. Choosing to stay near home, she majored in Microbiology at Memphis State. It actually wasn't until grad school (also Memphis State) that she found her calling. 


Tickets for this event are $175 per individual, or $1,500 for a table of 10. To purchase your ticket and reserve your spot today, contact Wendy Sumner-Winter at or (901) 321-3270.

Tickets may also be purchased online at this link.

Posted by Cory Dugan at 9:00 AM