Advancement; Student Affairs

“Night of the Stars” Gala brings donors, community together in celebration to benefit students


Behind the elegant backdrop of décor and fashion that transformed Clemson University’s Madren Conference Center into a scene from the Roaring ‘20s, the Division of Student Affairs held its annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event brought together leaders from the university and members of the community to celebrate donors whose contributions to Student Affairs — and its vast array of programs, services and facilities — aid in the enhancement of the Clemson experience.

More than 160 donors, supporters, staff and students were on hand to enjoy a night of fellowship and entertainment through live and silent auctions, food and beverage courtesy of presenting sponsor ARAMARK, as well as live performances from a cappella student group Tigeroar and the rousing sounds of dueling pianos.

In all, more than $100,000 was raised in support of Clemson students through services provided by Student Affairs. President Jim Clements and Vice President Almeda Jacks recognized a record number of families who contributed at least $25,000 over the past fiscal year toward Student Affairs.

“We have so much to celebrate in Student Affairs, and this event provides us with an opportunity to get together every year and honor our most generous donors who help our students enjoy a first-class experience,” Jacks said. “I cannot stress enough how much every single dollar we raise contributes to high-quality programs and services to help our students.”

Click HERE to view a photo gallery from the event. Below are the donors who contributed at least $25,000 to Student Affairs.

Suzanne Alvarez
Charles and Susan Barker
Bryant and Lynn Barnes
Eugene and Molly Blakeney
Bud and Anne Brigham
Dave and Elizabeth Byron
Ken and Mary Cadden
Joe and Ashley Chapman
Doug Davidson
Henry DePhillips and Catherine Behl
Henry and Jeanie Fischer
Grey and Amy Folkes
Gil and Martha Grattan
Martha Grover
Scott and Mimi Harlan
Sylvia Harrison
Shep and Cynthia Haw
Bill Hendrix
Carl and Misty Howard
Chris and Mindy Jensen
Ashley Johnson
Chris and Kathy Jones
Robby and Helen Jones
Scott and Susan Kersey
Shawn and Leah Knight
Brian and Laura Makuck
Turk and Belinda Matthews
Roy McCall
Chris McCameron
Smyth and Martha McKissick
Jeff and Allison Mitchell
Angelo and Heather Mitsopoulos
Richard and Sherry Porter
Tom and Kathy Reed
Tim and Frannie Reese
Ed and Kelly Rose
Jay and Julie Seitz
John and Darcy Sekas
Dave and Lynnette Snow
Mark and Shonda Sosebee
Michael Standing
David and Jennifer Stevens
David and Dawn Sturkey
Dabo and Kathleen Swinney
Roger and Kathy Troutman
Becky Van Evera
The Winters Family
Melvin Younts

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