The Lemmons were instrumental in not only donating property, but brokering several exchanges between property owners to secure the current location of the Rose Center for the Arts (formerly the site of a McDonald's and the old Masonic Lodge). Because of this, the footprint of the current LCC campus grew significantly and more clearly defined its borders within the core of downtown Longview.
“The Rose Center is the place where our community can gather to appreciate music, theater, art, and hear public lectures. This wouldn't have happened without the leadership and support of the Lemmons family and the legacy they helped to provide the community.″ — LCC Foundation President Alex Nelson.
As a member of the Executive Committee for the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Mr. Lemmons has been a strong advocate to the CEDC members for LCC and the important role the college plays in economic development, recruitment, and sustainability.
The Lemmons have also generously supported vocational training programs, and were most recently recognized as Platinum Angel sponsors of the LCC Foundation as part of its Building Healthy Futures campaign.
“As long-time local business owners, the Lemmons give back so generously to their community. This generous spirit is the essence that makes this community so great…they continue to actively demonstrate that we all have a stake in each other's success.” — LCC President Chris Bailey
The Rose Center for the Arts might never have been constructed if not for the efforts of Don and Clara Lemmons.
Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to the college. Most notably, contributions from honorees have had major impacts on the college, its programs, students, or the community.
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