WVSU and WVSU Foundation Annual Black & Gold Gala set for April 8

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
March 25, 2016
WVSU and WVSU Foundation Annual Black & Gold Gala set for April 8

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 8, at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston.

The black tie event recognizes the generosity of donors and community leaders while raising funds to further support student scholarships and educational programs at the University. In addition to donor recognition this year’s event will feature a special announcement regarding the University’s ongoing Campaign for WVSU, a capital campaign.

“This will truly be a special evening for West Virginia State, and one that alumni, family and friends of the University won’t want to miss,” said WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill. “Not only are we recognizing the groups and individuals that have given so generously to support the University, its students and programs, but we will also be making an exciting announcement about the Campaign for WVSU.”

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception, followed by the program recognizing supporters of the University at 7:30 p.m. After the program and dinner, the Gala will continue with an evening of dancing to live music provided by The Motown Sounds of Touch Group. A silent auction will also be featured throughout the evening’s activities.

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

Sponsors for the evening include: AEP; Alexander Loan Review; American Technology Rentals; AMFM; Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP; Bayer CropScience; BB&T Carson Insurance; Barbara Black; Ted Childs; Columbia Pipeline Group; Shirley and Jim Dissen; the Honorable C. Edward Gaunch; Ghareeb Dental Group; Hilliard Lyons; Chuck and Minnie Jones; Lester Raines Honda; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Ray, Winton & Kelley PLLC; Patricia Schumann; Silling Associates; Somerville & Company; Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Thomas Memorial Hospital/Saint Francis Hospital; D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker; the Cecil I. Walker Charitable Trust; Daniel Watson Masonry; WesBanco; the WVSU National ‘W’Club; and ZMM Architects and Engineers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 204-4051, 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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