First Posted: 2/21/2009
BANNER ELK Lees-McRae College honored Dorothy M. Dotti Shelton and R. Edwin Ed Shelton, of Dobson and Banner Elk, with the Rev. Edgar Tufts Founders Medal, the colleges highest non-academic award, as part of its recent Founders Day celebration.
Dotti and Ed Shelton have a long history with Lees-McRae. He is an alumnus of the class of 1960 and was awarded an honorary degree in political science in 1995. Both serve on the colleges board of visitors and have helped fund a number projects at Lees-McRae including the automation project for the James H. Carson Library in 1995-96. Most recently the foyer of the Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex was named in honor of Dotti Shelton.
An artist, she has donated several paintings to Lees-McRae through the years, both for display and auction at the scholarship gala. Her art can be found in Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis and Hampton House Gallery in Winston-Salem and King.
I am genuinely pleased that we can honor Dotti and Ed as Founders Medal recipients, said school President David W. Bushman. Without question, they represent the best ideals of Lees-McRaes founder, the Rev. Edgar Tufts. The Sheltons have been deeply connected to Lees-McRae for many years, supporting us with gifts of time, talent and treasure. Dotti and Ed continue to demonstrate the joy of serving others through their commitment to civic and educational causes. They embody the very core of our educational mission as they model for our students a life of meaning and purpose.
Ed Shelton and his brother, Charlie, co-founded companies including The Shelton Companies of Charlotte, Shelco Inc., Fortis Homes, King Sash, Carolinas Distribution Services and, most recently, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson.
The award-winning vineyards, opened in 1999, is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. Ed Shelton was also inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Sheltons not only serve Lees-McRae in many ways, but he serves on The North Carolina Economic Development Board, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Board of Visitors for the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest, Board of Trustees at Queens University and the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Lees-McRae College is a liberal arts college in the mountains of western North Carolina in the town of Banner Elk.