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Alumni Gala to honor outstanding contributions

Gentry and Faris

The Distinguished Service Award honoree Barbara Gentry (left) and Alumnus of the Year recipient Ingrid Barth Faris ’83 (right).

To honor alumni who reflect the past, present and future of UTSA, the 11th annual Alumni Reflections Gala will be Saturday, Aug. 28 in the grand ballroom of the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd

Michael Valdes ’93 from KABB–Fox News will emcee the event, which begins with a reception and silent auction at 6:15 p.m. The highlight of the evening is the Alumni Association presentation of the Alumnus of the Year, this year given to Ingrid Barth Faris ’83, and the Distinguished Service Award honoring Barbara Gentry, senior vice president of community affairs at USAA and president of The USAA Foundation, A Charitable Trust, and the USAA Educational Foundation.

Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz will provide musical entertainment.

Table sponsorships are available: the Diamond level for $5,000, the Emerald level for $3,500, and the Ruby level for $2,500. These sponsors will have a student scholarship named for them for the 2011–2012 school year. The Sapphire level is $1,500 and individual tickets are $125. Each table seats eight.

Money raised at the gala is used for student scholarships and alumni programs and services.

Honorary chairs are Cathy and Clay Killinger ’83. Clay is senior vice president and controller for Valero Energy Corp., and former board member, executive committee member and officer of the UTSA Alumni Association.

Dress for the evening is black tie optional for men and cocktail attire for women. To make a reservation, go to or call (210) 458–4133.

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