University Alumni Association hosts annual Spring Gala
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Alumni Association hosted its 19th annual Spring Gala, honoring Dwight W. Andrus, Jr; a silent auction was held during the event.
Around 200 guests attended the gala; guests were able to indulge in different foods catered by Sodexo and live band, the Skyliners.
The gala began at 6:30 p.m., along with the opening of the silent auction. Guests were able to browse the lobby of the ballroom to see different items up for auction and place bids. The auction items were divided into eight categories: art, gift assortments, highlights, home, leisure, miscellaneous and UL Lafayette items.
There was also a live auction, showcasing exclusive items such as a Ragin’ Cajun electric guitar signed by country artist Blake Shelton, which sold for $1,600; a dinner for eight with “Top Chef Master” Sue Zemanick, sold for $3,600; and a trip for two to Las Vegas, sold for $2,500 to head football coach Mark Hudspeth.
Other items auctioned was a freshwater pearl rosary necklace, tickets to a recording of the Rachael Ray Show in New York and dinner with head basketball coach Bob Marlin.
The program began at 8 p.m. with greeting from Mistress of Ceremonies, Margaret Trahan, president of the alumni association.
University president, E. Joseph Savoie, Ed.D., spoke of the progression of the 20-year master plan. The demolition of Lafayette, Vermilion and Guillory halls will take place this summer. Savoie also talked about the progression and goals of students.
The gala was hosted in the ballroom of the university’s student union.