A dedication and reception was held Tuesday morning at the Alice campus of Coastal Bend College to honor two local philanthropists.

Siblings Newell Atkinson III and Clare Atkinson-Wonders were given a very special thank you for their contributions to the Cougar Center at the college. They were also honored for their help with other organizations as well as their contributions to the east side including a Wal-Mart, Christus Spohn Hospital, shopping centers, hotels, and a new emergency room clinic that have all been built on their land.