160th Anniversary Kickoff Gala
Some Enchanted Evening...
What becomes a legend most? A glittering evening of entertainment, fine food and wine, elegant surroundings and a story so exciting, it's taken 160 years to tell.
On Saturday night January 29th, we kicked off our milestone anniversary in grand style at the Mellon Auditorium where members of the university community mingled with the District leaders in government, law, business and philanthropy. MC'd by ABC7 anchor Maureen Bunyan, the celebration included live performances by the UDC Chorale, The Voices, The UDC Jazztet and selections from the UDC Jazz Ensemble DVD. Speakers included President Sessoms, Board Chair Askew and UDC's biggest, most unabashed fan, Mayor Vincent C. Gray. To help tell the story, "vignettes" anchoring the room imaginatively showcased 160 years of scholarship and achievement as depicted by all the schools and colleges, alumni and advancement and athletics. Photos and videos of the event to be posted soon. Major kudos to Lee Brian Reba, Executive Director of Corporate Relations & Special Events, for conceiving this evening and bringing it passionately to life.
Check the 160th event webpage for updates on future anniversary activities.
Download a printable 160th Anniversary Kickoff Gala Invitation with Donor and Sponsorship Opportunities (PDF)