WVSU and WVSU Foundation Annual Black and Gold Gala set for April 7

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
March 23, 2017
West Virginia State University and West Virginia State University Foundation
Annual Black and Gold Gala set for April 7

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The annual West Virginia State University (WVSU) and West Virginia State University Foundation (WVSU Foundation) Black and Gold Gala will take place, Friday, April 7, at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston.

The black tie event recognizes the generosity of donors while raising funds to further support student scholarships and educational programs at the University.

In addition to recognizing those who support the University, this year’s Black and Gold Gala will honor three business and community leaders: Diane Strong-Treister, president of Manpower; Gregory A. Burton, CEO of BrickStreet Insurance; and R. Charles Byers, Ph.D., provost and vice president emeritus for WVSU.

“The Black and Gold Gala is a special night when the Yellow Jacket Nation takes time to say thank you to the many supporters of the University who make it possible for us to continue to deliver a world class, affordable education for our students,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “This year we are particularly proud to honor Diane Strong-Treister, Gregory Burton and Dr. R. Charles Byers for all they have done to not only support the University, but to make the Kanawha Valley a better place for all of us.”

The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by the program recognizing the honorees at 7:30 p.m. After the program and dinner, the Gala will continue with an evening of dancing to live music provided by Santa Cruz. Silent auction items for bid include fine dining, a two-night stay in New York City as well as a Hawaiian vacation and more.

Individual tickets for the Black and Gold Gala are on sale now at a cost of $150.

Sponsors for the evening include: Alexander Loan Review & Consulting, LLC; American Electric Power; American Technology Rentals; Arnett Carbis Toothman; Bailey & Wyant; Bayer CropScience; BB&T; W. M. Becker; BrickStreet; Greg A. Burton; Gaston Caperton; Cecil I. Walker Charitable Trust; Commercial Insurance; Shirley and Jim Dissen; Dolan & Kalaskey, LTD Orthodontists; Dow; Embassy Suites; Robert F. and Sandra Davis Evans; the Hon. C. Edward Gaunch and Joseph V. Funderburk; Sami Ghareeb; Gray, Griffith & Mays; Mike Harpold ; Hilliard Lyons; Houston Alumni Chapter; James F. Humphreys; Martha B. Hunt; Huntington National Bank; Kanawha Valley Advertising; Reginia Lipscomb; Manpower Group; Monarch Family of Hotels; Morgantown Printing & Binding; Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC; Pat Schumann; Silling Associates, Inc.; Ann Brothers Smith; Somerville & Company, P.L.L.C; Betty Spencer; Steptoe & Johnson; The 'W' Club; D. S. Walker; WesBanco Bank, Inc.; West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; White Law Office; and ZMM Architects.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 766-4121, email gala@wvstateu.edu , or visit https://connect.wvstateu.edu/gala.

The WVSU Foundation Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and gifts are deductible to the extent provided by federal and state law.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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