President Gala Raises More Than $6 Million
By Hazel Scott/ASU
The President’s Gala, Alabama State University’s signature event, sparkled with excitement, glitz, glamour and inspiration. The annual event is an opportunity for the University to recognize ASU investors and student triumphs with dinner, dancing and entertainment.
The in-person event observed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and ASU’s COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and wearing masks. A COVID-19 negative test or proof of vaccination was required to attend the Gala. Guests also were given color-coded social distancing wristbands: red for keeping distance, yellow for some interaction, and green for those who felt comfortable with closer contact.
“We wanted to make sure that all of our guests felt as safe as possible as they enjoyed a great evening of acknowledging the generosity of our donors, as well as the accomplishments of our students and the University as a whole. So many of our corporate partners, elected officials and the community at large were able to gather with members of Hornet Nation to celebrate Alabama State University,” said Dr. Ross.
The sold-out, black-tie event was held Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at the downtown Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa Convention Center. Guests from around the country donned their finest fashion to join the ASU family for a night of celebration and philanthropy.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement that the University has raised more than $6 million over the past year.
“We want to say that the grand total, from our major donors to those who give from the heart, represents a lot of love and support for ASU,” said Jennifer Anderson, ASU’s Executive Director of Advancement Initiatives. “The President’s Gala is our annual opportunity to thank our supporters on a major stage. Their support ensures we continue to help our students achieve a bright future.”
After the acknowledgments, guests continued their evening of fun and dance, where they were entertained by the soulful sounds of the legendary R&B group “Silk,” the evening’s headliner, and Montgomery’s Souled Out Groove. The premiere event was part of ASU’s in-person Labor Day Classic events, where COVID-19 guidelines also were strictly enforced.