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  • Midway University Celebrates the 10th Annual Spotlight Awards with Record Attendance and Fundraising

June 12, 2024

Midway University proudly hosted the 10th Annual Spotlight Awards on May 23, 2024, celebrating two individuals, one who has made a significant impact on her industry and another who has made a great impact on the University. The event saw a record-breaking attendance for the fifth consecutive year, with more than 340 guests, and raised record funds for its student scholarships, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Midway’s Equine Studies program. Community Trust Bank once again served as the presenting sponsor for the event.

The Spotlight Awards shine a light on individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and impact in their fields. This year’s awards highlighted two exceptional honorees:

Pinkerton Vision Award

Donna Barton Brothers

The prestigious Pinkerton Vision Award, named after Dr. L.L. Pinkerton who established the Kentucky Female Orphan School in 1847 on the grounds now home to Midway University, was awarded to Donna Barton Brothers. Mrs. Brothers’ illustrious career began as a trailblazing jockey and transitioned into a prominent sports analyst. With a remarkable record of 1,130 wins and a legacy as the second leading female jockey in the U.S. by earnings, she has become an influential figure in the world of horse racing. Her insightful commentary and dedication to equine welfare have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Her contributions extend beyond the racetrack, including her work with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, and the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation. Her enduring impact on horse racing and her unwavering commitment to the welfare of racehorses exemplify the spirit of the Pinkerton Vision Award. 

Midway University Legacy Award

Felicia S. Quigg

The Midway University Legacy Award was presented to Felicia S. Quigg, Vice President of Family Pride at Richmond Baking Company. Felicia, along with her husband Bill Quigg, oversees the family’s operations at More Than a Bakery in Versailles. Mrs. Quigg’s distinguished career in finance, manufacturing, and human resources, coupled with her substantial contributions to Midway University as a Board of Trustees member since 2018, have made her an invaluable asset to the University.

Mrs. Quigg has significantly impacted the University during pivotal times, demonstrating unwavering dedication and support. Her commitment to excellence and her innovative approach to organizational leadership embody the essence of the Legacy Award.

This year’s Spotlight Awards not only celebrated individual achievements but also marked a milestone in fundraising efforts, setting a new record for student scholarships. The event’s success highlights the community’s strong support and dedication to Midway University’s mission.

Tim Culver, Vice President of Advancement expressed his gratitude, stating, “The Spotlight Awards is a testament to the incredible individuals who inspire and lead by example. We are immensely proud of Donna Barton Brothers and Felicia S. Quigg for their extraordinary contributions. This event’s success reflects the unwavering commitment of our supporters, helping us provide invaluable opportunities for our students.”

Midway University extends heartfelt thanks to all attendees, sponsors, and supporters who made the 10th Annual Spotlight Awards a memorable and impactful evening.