The Alaska Airlines Center hosted its first formal event on Sept. 27 with the annual Green & Gold Gala. The fund-raising event—a black tie affair with green and gold flair—reached record numbers in 2014. With over 450 guests, it was the most well-attended Gala to date.
In its first four years, the Green & Gold Gala awarded more than $170,000 to students from the UAA Alumni Scholarship fund. This year’s event raised nearly $80,000 for future scholarships through donations and pledges.
The Gala—now in its fifth year—was hosted on campus for the first time thanks to the new Alaska Airlines Center. Champagne flutes replaced water bottles as the Gala took full advantage of the 5,000-seat athletic arena and repurposed its many features for the evening.
The night began with an opening reception on the Raven’s Nest walking track, overlooking the green and gold table arrangements laid out on the gym floor below. DJ Spencer Lee—a 2009 UAA graduate—spun the opening reception from a booth above the walking track as the jumbotron flashed images of the first four Galas. The shot clock sounded to signal the start of the Gala program, which featured a one-time performance by Alaska Native students, staff, faculty and friends, followed by a Glee Club performance of the UAA alma mater.
In addition to dinner and a live auction, the event recognized this year’s class of Alumni of Distinction recipients, including Ted Trueblood, Alumni of Achievement; Cristy Hickel, Alumni Humanitarian; and Virginia Groeschel, Alumni Emerging Leader.
As the event concluded and guests slowly exited the arena, a final slideshow from the evening flashed on the jumbotron featuring dozens of photos shared and posted by guests online.
Speaking of slideshows, images from the 2014 Green & Gold Gala are provided below. Click through and view highlights from Gala’s on-campus debut at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Written by J. Besl, UAA Office of University Advancement