FAU 2016 Gala Raises More Than $600,000
BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 26, 2016) – Florida Atlantic University recently celebrated its annual gala at FAU Stadium. More than 800 guests attended the event — a record attendance — and the event raised more than $600,000. Proceeds will provide scholarships and support for FAU students.
“The gala was an amazing evening that served as a celebration of FAU being named the top-performing university in the state this year by the Florida Board of Governors,” said FAU President John Kelly. “It also raised a significant amount of scholarship money to provide current and future Owls who require financial assistance the opportunity to fulfill their academic dreams.
“The gala also was the perfect opportunity to announce a generous gift from Bobby and Barbara Campbell, and highlight our recently published book that features women who helped FAU succeed,” Kelly said.
During the evening, Kelly announced a $5 million gift from Bobby and Barbara Campbell to name the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The gala also honored the women featured in “Legacymakers: 100 Women of Distinction at Florida Atlantic University.”
Spread over three levels of the stadium, the gala offered gourmet dining, live and silent auctions, fireworks display and live entertainment including, aerial performers, Motown band Memory Lane and classic crooner Lisa Addeo.
Diamond-level sponsors ($50,000+) included The City of Deerfield Beach – Law Enforcement Trust Fund; and Jay and Marilyn Weinberg.
Silver-level sponsors ($10,000+) included ADT; Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; BB&T; Chartwells; FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Boca Raton; Florida Power & Light, NextEra Energy; Holland and Knight; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Randy ’73 and Rosemary Justice; Schmidt Family Foundation; SFL Productions; Sun Sentinel; and Tidemark.
Bronze-level sponsors ($5,000+) were BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Daniel and Debra Cane; Bobby and Barbara Campbell; Dr. Michael and Phyllis Dennis; Encompass Onsite Solutions; FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter campus; Avron and Wendy Fogelman; Marcell and Natalie ’05 Haywood; Investments Limited; Islamorada Beer Company; Patricia and Gary McKay – Templeton and Company; Abdol and Cathy Moabery; Panache; Premier Beverage Company, LLC; ShowPro, Inc.; and Turner Construction Company.
Crystal-level sponsors ($2,500+) were Anthony ’78 and Vicki Barbar; The Beacon Group, Inc.; Boca Raton Airport Authority; Stephen ’82 and Tamra Constantine; Designs By Sean; Alberto ’73 and Lourdes Dosal; Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold; Michael ’82 and Mindy Feldman; The Gabor Agency, Inc.; Gilly Vending; Phyllis & Gary Gladstein; Dale and Ann Gregory; IBM Southeast Employees’ Federal Credit Union; Jody Kaminsky; Howard Kaye Insurance Agency, Inc.; Marilyn C. Link; Christine E. Lynn, E.M. Lynn Foundation; John and Mary Beth ’74 McDonald; Gerri P. McPherson Smith ’89; Novitex Enterprise Solutions; Timothy ’76 and Linda ’77 O’Connor; Paladin Global Partners; Pechter Family Foundation, Inc.; Rand Eye Institute; James Riordan, Ph.D. ’09, FAU MBA in Sport Management Program; Gary and Robin ’07, ’09 Rubin; Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Foundation; Susan H. Skemp ’81; Toshiba Business Solutions; The University Club of the FAU Foundation, Inc.; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Eda and Cliff Viner Family Foundation; Wells Fargo; J.C. White Office Furniture; Thomas ’71 and Maureen Workman; and Dr. Richard and Lila Yules.
Boca Raton magazine was the exclusive media sponsor.