Pres­i­den­tial party FAU gala cel­e­brates pres­i­dent’s first an­niver­sary with the school

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This year’s an­nual Florida At­lantic Uni­ver­sity gala is dif­fer­ent from oth­ers in the past. The March 21 event will cel­e­brate the uni­ver­sity’s pres­i­dent, John Kelly.

Kelly was named the sev­enth pres­i­dent of FAU on Jan. 17, 2014. He and his wife, Carolyn, asked to forego a tra­di­tional in­au­gu­ra­tion and in­stead com­bine a cel­e­bra­tion with the gala to drive funds to the Kelly Fam­ily Schol­ar­ship Fund, which pro­vides schol­ar­ships for stu­dents with demon­strated fi­nan­cial need.

“The gala is an op­por­tu­nity for our friends in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to join us in cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary of Pres­i­dent Kelly’s first year at FAU while rais­ing funds to sup­port stu­dent schol­ar­ships,” said Stacy Vol­nick, in­terim vice pres­i­dent for in­sti­tu­tional ad­vance­ment. “It prom­ises to be an evening of fun, food and en­ter­tain­ment for a good cause.”

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin F. and Jane Green­berg Foun­da­tion Tower of FAU Sta­dium, 777 Glades Road, on the Boca Ra­ton cam­pus. The gala will be spread over three lev­els of beau­ti­ful suites, clubs and out­door ar­eas, and will daz­zle the senses with gourmet dining, full open bar, live mu­sic, a “half­time” ex­trav­a­ganza with fire­works and a si­lent auc­tion. En­ter­tain­ment will in­clude a per­for­mance by Emil & Dariel Rock Cel­los, who made a name for them­selves as fi­nal­ists on the lat­est sea­son of NBC’s “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.” Emil at­tended FAU through his high school dual-en­roll­ment pro­gram prior to his time on the show.

Spon­sors in­clude the Sch­midt Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, Barnes & Noble, BB&T, ADT, BNY Mel­lonWealth Man­age­ment, Dell, Dr. Michael and Phyl­lis Den­nis, FAU Life­long Learn­ing So­ci­ety — Jupiter, Florida House Ex­pe­ri­ence, JMFam­ily En­ter­prises, The Bea­con Group, Daniel and De­bra Cane, Stephen and Tamra Con­stan­tine, GE­ICO, Kauf­man Lynn Con­struc­tion, Tem­ple­ton & Co., Robert and Michelle Ru­bin, The Uni­ver­sity Club of the FAU Foun­da­tion, Bruce and Carolyn Allen, An­thony and Vicki Bar­bar, Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, Chartwells, Jef­frey and Bar­bara Fein­gold, Michael and Mindy Feld­man, Emilio Le­bolo, Novi­tex, The Ga­bor Agency, Toshiba Busi­ness So­lu­tions, and Thomas and Mau­reenWork­man.

Tick­ets are $250. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-297-6144, email fau­gala@fau.edu or visit www.fau­gala.info

Jerry Fedele, left, Terry Fedele, Dick Sch­midt, Bar­bara Sch­midt, Howard Sch­nel­len­berger and Bev­er­lee Sch­nel­len­berger

Rhys Wil­liams, left, Dr. Lorna Sohn Wil­liams and An­thony Bar­bar

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