NMU's inaugural Green & Gold Gala far exceeded its fundraising goal for the endowed Flexible Aid Fund and drew about 475 attendees. The fund assists students facing unanticipated expenses that threaten their education. It grew from $50,000 before the event to $200,000 by the end of the night through sponsorships, ticket sales and private gifts from donors.
“This fund, now quadrupled, will provide many more awards and funds for our students, giving more of them an opportunity for access and aid when they need it most,” said Jess Jones, director of donor engagement with the NMU Foundation. "The event was amazing. The participation of our alumni, community and faculty and staff made the first Green and Gold Gala so very special. We enjoyed having some of our scholarship recipients greet our guests, mix and mingle. The updated venue was a beautiful backdrop, and the entire evening was very much a success.”
Attendees learned how their participation helps students at NMU, toured the newly renovated Northern Center and were provided a multi-course meal prepared for by Certified Executive Chef Nathan Mileski. The NMU Arts Chorale and dancers performed a song from “The Greatest Showman” at the event. Bill Digneit of NMU Theater and Dance and Carol Johnson, dean of the College of Business, served as emcees.
For each ticket that was purchased for $150, $75 was recognized as a charitable contribution to the endowed Flexible Aid Fund.