President's Gala in the Garden raises scholarship support for students
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 225 guests joined Slippery Rock University President Robert and Ramona Smith for a fun evening of dinner and dancing at the 2010 President's Gala in the Garden in historic North Hall. The gala, presented by the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., raised more than $100,000 to support student scholarships - a 20 percent increase in proceeds compared to the 2008 gala.
The silent auction was especially successful, bringing in nearly $20,000.
"I am proud of the efforts made by a fantastic team of volunteers and staff to transform North Hall into the perfect setting for our Gala in the Garden," said Barbara Ender, vice president of University Advancement. "It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the University while raising much needed support for student scholarships."
Volunteers transformed North Hall and the courtyard into garden-theme spaces. Guests moved from one area to another with different cuisine in each space, contributing to the ambience and atmosphere of the evening.
"Many guests commented on the wonderful food, the inviting atmosphere and the impressive array of silent auction items, many of which were incorporated into the decorations throughout the venue," Ender said.
More than 140 individuals and businesses donated more than 170 auction items. Guests bid on vacation packages, jewelry, art and gift certificates for restaurants and regional cultural attractions such as museums. A jazz band in North Hall and a dance band in the University Club kept the evening lively.
If you were unable to attend the gala, it's not too late to contribute to the student scholarship fund. To donate, call the Office of University Advancement at 724.738.2004.