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UTSA Alumni Association Rising Star Gala is Aug. 19

By Marcia Mattingly
UTSA Office of Alumni Programs

(July 10, 2006)--The UTSA Alumni Association hosts the seventh annual Alumni Rising Star Gala on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Westin La Cantera Resort.

A silent auction and cocktail reception with music by the UTSA Marimba Ensemble begins at 6:15 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30 p.m.

KSAT-TV anchor Steve Spriester will emcee the program again this year. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the program will include the announcement of the Alumnus of the Year and a Distinguished Service Award recipient, followed by the announcement of power drawing winners, and dancing with music by Newsboyz from Austin.

Event co-chairs are Yvonne Fernandez ('85) and Renée Crittenden-Garcia ('96). Honorary chairs are Irma Flores ('80) and Tony Flores.

"The association honors its own rising stars this evening," Fernandez said. "It is the association's way of saying thank you to alumni and community members who want to be involved in UTSA and contribute to its future. They continue to give back to the university in so many ways."

"We always have a wonderful time at the alumni gala! It is a very popular fundraising event. Each year I count on seeing old friends," said Crittenden-Garcia. "It is a great way for alumni to donate their time or talents in helping make the evening successful. We always need volunteers to assist with table sales, obtain auction items, and decorate the tables. Just call us - we'll put you to work!"

Table sponsorships for the event are available at the Rising Star level for $3,500, Shooting Star level for $2,500 and Lone Start level for $1,500. Sponsor tables seat eight. Rising Star and Shooting Star sponsors will have one student scholarship named for them for the 2007-2008 academic year. Individual tickets are $125. A portion of the gala proceeds benefits the UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

To volunteer or to make reservations, visit the Alumni Association Web site or call (210) 458-4133.

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