The University of Mary Washington will hold its first athletics gala on Thursday, May 22, to benefit UMW Athletics. The gala, hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player Darrell Green, will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Green came to UMW last spring as special assistant for student–athlete development and public relations. He has worked as both an adviser and a mentor for UMW student athletes since his arrival.
Green will be joined by special guests DeAngelo Hall and Pierre Garçon of the Washington Redskins.
“The gala will allow us to showcase our department,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions, noting UMW’s emphasis on student athletes’ academic and athletic excellence.
The gala will feature a silent auction and live music at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and guest speakers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 for single tickets, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible.
With an initial fundraising goal of $20,000, Pierce hopes the gala will become an annual event at UMW.
“[It will] provide a platform for us to share our story and raise resources that play a crucial role in our support for more than 400 student athletes,” said Pierce.
The University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo is the Gala’s exclusive title sponsor, while Virginia Lottery has claimed the first of three additional sponsorship opportunities. The Eagles’ Athletic Department is still looking for two other patrons.