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Contact: Tenisha Taylor Bell
Hundreds of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) alumni, students and dignitaries will celebrate the 10th Annual Spirit of Greatness Gala, Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium. Hosted by the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association (CAUAA) and CAU, the event raises scholarship funds and recognizes distinguished alumni and pioneers who have made positive contributions to the University and society.
This year’s Pathways to Excellence Award recipients include: Leona Barr-Davenport, President and CEO of the Atlanta Business League; Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr., Senior Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church; Brenda Tolliver, Associate Broker at Realty Associates of Atlanta; Raymond E. Watson, Retired Senior Program Officer of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and former CBS46 News anchor Amanda Davis (posthumously), all alumni of Clark Atlanta University, Clark College and/or Atlanta University. One of the highest honors an individual can receive from the University and the national alumni association is the Dr. Thomas W. Cole, Jr. Legacy Award. This year’s honoree is former United Negro College Fund Vice President, Mrs. Billye Suber Aaron.
“Given these challenging times when the federal government and the current administration is cutting assistance for our students, including the recent elimination of the Perkins Loan Program. This funding has provided support for undergraduates with exceptional financial need, and now more than ever we need the financial support of our alumni, corporate partners and friends of the University,” says CAU President Ronald A. Johnson. “The evening of elegance also honors alumni who have made positive contributions as trailblazers and community leaders and we are extremely proud of their contributions. They are talented alumni from Atlanta University, Clark College, and Clark Atlanta University. Their work embodies the legacy of our dual mottos: ‘Culture for Service" and I'll find a way or make one.’”
Over the past decade the Spirit of Greatness Gala has assisted nearly 4,000 students raising more than $1.5 million in scholarship funding. “It’s been a struggle in making sure I have all the money I need for school,” says scholarship recipient Aaliyah Holmes. “I am so grateful to alumni from across the country who support this event. Without these contributions, I would not be able to complete my studies and pursue my career.”
Serving as this year’s host committee chairman is Ernest Green, a historical icon who integrated Arkansas’s Central High School in 1957 as a member of the Little Rock Nine.
“The Spirit of Greatness Gala has become one of the University’s signature fundraisers and we are delighted that alumni, friends, and supporters have dedicated themselves to this worthy cause of ensuring that the next generation of leaders receive a quality education,” says Marshall Taggart Jr., Clark Atlanta University National Alumni Association President.
“The support from our alumni plays an important role as the University continues to increase its ranking in the U.S. News and World Report, the Princeton Review and other national rankings that increase the reputation of the institution,” says Getchel L. Caldwell II, Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “These key events will re-engage our campus community and increase our alumni participation and overall fundraising goals. Our goal is to increase our alumni participation by 10 percent at the end of the University’s fiscal year.”
The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., and the awards program will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.cau.edu.
Keywords: Spirit of Greatness Gala 2018