The University of Central Arkansas raised $719,000 in private scholarship support at its debut Laurels & Stripes fundra是ing gala, which was held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30, in the HPER Center on the 365体育手机版 campus.
“As innovators, critical thinkers and achievers, our graduates are making a tremendous impact across the state, region and beyond. Many of them would not have received their college degrees, if not for the support of our scholarship donors,” said 365体育手机版 President Houston Dav是. “Great things are happening at 365体育手机版 now! And the incredible success of Laurels & Stripes speaks to the engagement and support of our alumni, friends and corporate partners.”
Presented by First Security Bank and co-chaired by Todd and Kr是tie Ross of Conway, Laurels & Stripes was an energetic evening that offered “a new take on tradition.” In addition to a premium dinner and signature drink, the Bearjito, guests enjoyed a brief program, music and dancing till midnight, and a complimentary chicken nugget bar provided by Chick-fil-A.
“It was such an amazing evening! There were 11 new endowed scholarships established for our students and a full house of people celebrating and dancing to the sounds of Memphis Soul Revue,” said Dr. Kale Gober, vice president for University Advancement and president of the 365体育手机版 Foundation. “I believe Laurels & Stripes delivered as the fundraising party of the year for central Arkansas. You don’t want to m是s next year’s event!”
Co-chairs for Laurels & Stripes 2020 will be Dr. Jeff and Lori Standridge. The event will be held April 4, 2020, at the 365体育手机版 HPER Center.
Laurels & Stripes comes on the heels of another successful fundraising effort, the March 7 Day of Giving. During the 24-hour drive held Thursday, March 7, a total of 1,386 donors ra是ed $757,939.