The Savannah State University (SSU) 2011 Presidential Scholarship Gala will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Tiger Arena on the SSU campus. This year’s gala theme, “Expanding the Rising Legacy,” will reflect upon the university’s continued efforts to assure a lasting legacy for generations to come. Proceeds from the university’s premier fundraiser will benefit the Presidential Scholarship Endowment.
Guests at the black-tie affair will enjoy dining, décor, dancing and entertainment inspired by the Harlem Renaissance/Art Deco period. Renowned Savannah jazz musicians Teddy Adams (’80 and ’90) along with Huxsie Scott (’76) will invoke the sounds of Duke Ellington and other popular jazz bands of the period. SSU students will also provide entertainment, dancing to Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and delivering Langston Hughes’ 1938 poem, “Let America Be America Again.” Prior to entering the arena, guests will have an opportunity to visit the silent auction display where they can bid on items ranging from jewelry and clothing to club level NFL tick- ets, a custom bowling ball and resort stays. “Top caliber students make significant contributions to the academic and social cultures within their colleges and communities; as such, it is imperative that we are competitive in attracting and retaining the best and brightest students,” said Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., Ph.D. “As a result of the Presidential Scholarship Gala, starting academic year 2011-2012, SSU will once again and forevermore award its most prestigious scholarship.”
Individual seats are $150, couples are $250 and reserved tables start at $750. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $2,500. To purchase seats and tables online, visit www.savannahstate.edu/gala2011. For more information about the gala, call the Division of University Advancement at 912-358-3059. Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation. The university’s 4,100 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.