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A Success

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."

—Rudy Arispe

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