UMES gears up for Gala
Coveted tickets on sale starting today
PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(January 3, 2012) “Lights, Camera, Action!” University and community committee members, sponsors and a celebrity liaison are getting ready for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 2012 Gala.
Tickets for the red-carpeted event March 3 go on sale today.
If you want one of the 450 seats at the “Best Party on the Shore,” don’t delay in requesting a ticket, Dr. Veronique Diriker, director of development at UMES and event coordinator, said. “Since adding Hollywood celebrities to our guest list three years ago, Gala tickets have sold out in a matter of a couple of weeks.”
Diriker expects the announcement of the celebrity guests soon. Sharon Stone, David Alan Grier, Tyne Daly and Pam Grier attended the 2011 Gala.
In its 13th year, the Gala has become the university’s signature fundraising event.
“It’s a great party, but the true success lies in how the event benefits our students,” Diriker said. “The generous support of event sponsors and guests funds the Carnival Gala Endowment from which student scholarships are awarded annually.”
The event also provides an avenue for students to showcase their abilities, Diriker said. Over 200 students are involved—Hotel and Restaurant Management students honing their culinary and management skills, Honors Students meeting Gala guests, and students in the Jazz Band and Drama Society performing.
Tickets are available at two levels—an Oscar ticket for $175 and a VIP ticket for $500. Both include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner in the presence of celebrity guests, dancing to live music and souvenir photos. The VIP ticket adds preferred seating at the Gala and special receptions with celebrities at the Courtyard Marriott in Ocean City on March 2 and one hour prior to the Gala on March 3.
Call Diriker at 410-651-8142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, email@example.com.
Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, firstname.lastname@example.org.