Gala raises a record $100,000 for scholarships
More than $100,000 was raised at the 11th annual
UTSA Alumni Gala, held Aug. 28 at the Omni Hotel
at the Colonnade.
That's a 45 percent increase in net income, making it
the most successful gala in the Alumni Association's
28-year history, said Jim Mickey '78, associate vice
president of alumni programs and marketing.
"Our goal was to have the best gala ever," he said.
"Knowing we set an all-time high for scholarships
and fun, I would say we exceeded our expectations.
It was a total team effort."
Ingrid Barth Farias '83 was named Alumna of
the Year, and Barbara Gentry was honored as the
Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Almost 500 people attended the event.
"I said from the beginning, 'We're gonna go big or
go home,' " said Susan Hough, gala co-chair.
Although the core purpose of the Alumni Gala is
to generate funds for student scholarships, the gala
also serves to reconnect alumni and recognize accomplished
members of the community.
"We want to thank our members and benefactors
for their generous support of the Alumni Association
Scholarship Program," said Rob Killen, Alumni
Association board president. "As our UTSA alumni
community grows each year, so does our ability to
build pride and traditions with our scholarships."