2014 Gala Raises Record Amount for Scholarships, Student Programming and Faculty Professional Development
Press Release by Margaret Chantung
California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen Haynes and the CSUSM Foundation Board thank guests and sponsors of the 2014 “As Time Goes By” gala which netted a record $162,000 – an increase of over sixty percent compared to 2013 figures. The event, emceed by Channel 8 News Anchorwoman Barbara-Lee Edwards, on Saturday, Jun. 21, primarily benefited student scholarships as well as innovative research, student programming and the professional development of faculty.
The newly opened University Student Union ballroom was transformed into magical Morocco for the 1940’s inspired event, based on the film “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The unique and memorable decor featured a bar styled to look like Rick’s Cafe and festive dinner tables elegantly draped in richly jewel-toned fabrics with ornate patterns. Many of the approximately 350 guests got into the spirit of the event, wearing glamorous costumes and attire inspired by the era.
“Across the board, from our faculty to our students and staff, CSUSM has the talent, the leadership, the capacity and the determination to persist in being the public university that others look to for how to adapt and stay ahead of change,” said Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes in her remarks. “And though Hollywood may already have seen its Golden Age, ours is yet to come. We are the driving economic and intellectual engine of our region, and I am proud to lead a university that’s so committed to its community and its students.”
Highlights of the night included a silent and live auction, an inspirational video showcasing three student scholarship recipients and a live “Raise the Paddle for Scholarships” auction.
And watch the alumni-produced Gala video that was premiered at the event!