Dan and Donna Garrett of Abilene will be honored as Abilene Christian University's Parents of the Year during daily Chapel Friday at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum.
Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, will present the award to the Garretts. A reception in their honor is scheduled immediately after Chapel in the Mabee Business Building atrium.
The Garretts are the parents of ACU student John Garrett, a senior marketing major, and of two ACU alumni, Grant Garrett ('99) and Mack Garrett ('01).
Every year, ACU students are asked to nominate their parents for this award. The Garretts were chosen based on an essay submitted by their son John, said Samantha Adkins, alumni program coordinator.
"They are my biggest role models," said John Garrett. "Despite fulfilling students' physical needs, my parents also encourage students in their daily walk with the Lord."
The Garretts are active members at Southern Hills Church of Christ and serve as mentors for young engaged couples. They have been inviting ACU students to their home for Sunday lunches for 11 years, according to the nominating letter from John.
"The students who do accept the invitation (for lunch) always look forward to the opportunity to go back to the Garrett house," John said. "Whether it is my dad's famous mashed potatoes or my mom's genuine hospitality, many students of the ACU community, past and present, have grown to love them both."
Dan Garrett serves as vice chancellor of ACU and as president of The ACU Foundation. He currently serves on the board for the Boy Scouts of America for the 13-state southern region. Donna Garrett serves on the board of Christian Homes of Abilene and the national board of Women for ACU. She also volunteers with Wildcat Parents and the United Way of Abilene.
"We have always enjoyed college students," said Donna Garrett. "One of the reasons we enjoy living in Abilene is the opportunity to get to know our kids' friends and spend time with ACU students."