The University of Mary Washington will hold its second annual athletics gala on Thursday, May 21, 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 with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 6 p.m. A dinner and guest speakers will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $130 per seat, or $1,000 for a table of 10. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible.
Green came in the spring of 2013 as the special assistant for student–athlete development and public relations. He has worked as both an adviser and mentor for UMW student athletes since his arrival. Green will be joined by special guests Alfred Morris and Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins.
UMW’s Athletic Department hopes to raise $50,000 this year. Last year, the inaugural gala raised $45,000. Funds raised through the gala will help improve athletic recruitment, facilities, support and programming.
“The significant proceeds from the gala allows UMW to improve the overall student-athlete experience,” said Philip Pierce, director of athletic development and promotions. “As a Division III school, UMW receives only a small portion of the NCAA’s budget, meaning that private support is crucial for our regional and national success.”
The University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo is the gala’s exclusive title sponsor. The Eagles’ Athletic Department is still looking for four other patrons.