150th Anniversary Gala Raises More Than $630k For Student Scholarships
November 10, 2015 – Shaw
University concluded its 150th Anniversary Celebration this weekend with a
sold-out, black-tie Gala that surpassed the original fundraising goal of
$500,000. More than $630,000 was raised for student scholarships and campus
initiatives. The event set records for the largest amount of funds raised and
largest attended fundraising event in school history. More than 98 percent of
Shaw students receive financial aid and 36 percent are first-generation college
students, making the Gala’s success instrumental in supporting student success.
sold out affair, presented by Cherokee Investments, took place on Friday,
November 6 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in Downtown Raleigh and hosted
600 guests. The event began with a special President’s Reception for top
sponsors followed by a general cocktail reception. A highlight for the event
was the “Fund-A-Need” auction that raised an additional $28,000 and was matched
dollar for dollar. Community support continued throughout the evening with
individual donations of up to $100,000. The National Alumni Association of Shaw
University presented $80,000, the largest amount ever, and a host of university
alumni chapters, alumni classes and other community organizations presented their
donations as well.
tremendous support of our Gala represented the belief of the community in Shaw
University and our vision,” said Shaw University President Dr. Tashni-Ann
Dubroy. “We thank every donor, supporter, investor and contributor for making
this evening an outstanding success.”
author and businessman Stedman Graham provided a stirring keynote on the keys
to leadership and success followed by a music conclusion from premiere
saxophonist Marcus Anderson. While the event is over, donations to the 150th Anniversary are still being accepted
and can be made at www.shawu.edu/150/Give/.
Photo caption: Shaw
University President Dr. Tashni Dubroy shows excitement during the Gala, after
receiving a check for $80,000 from the National Alumni Association (NAA) of
Shaw University’s Executive Vice-President Vivian McCoy. It was the largest
donation made to the University from the NAA in the organization’s history.