The Great Gatsby comes to West Georgia

Photo Credit: UWG UCM

The low hum of a saxophone fills your ears with its melody as you enter the Campus Center Ballroom. . Everyone dresses in Roaring ‘20s inspired attire, such as beaded dresses with long tassels, 3-piece suits made of tweed and, of course, the quintessential flapper outfit. The soft jazz fades out and the President of the University, Dr. Kyle Marrero, stands up and smiles as he welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) will host the 2nd Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala on Saturday, Sept. 26, to show UWG students that the Carrollton Community supports them. The Development Department along with the Marketing Department, Special Events and the President’s Office at UWG partnered together with various Carrollton Community sponsors to create the Scholarship Gala.

The funds raised by the first annual Scholarship Gala’s sponsors, including local businesses such as Scott Evans Nissan and Southwire, were awarded to an estimated 250 students.

“It [The Scholarship Gala] helped prevent those students from having their classes dropped,” Danielle

The Scholarship Gala is a thank you to the generous sponsors who helped pay the way for fellow wolves. The black tie affair is a community event hosted by UWG, and this year features a 1920’s Great Gatsby themeGuests will be driven to the Ballroom where they can socialize for a moment before a gourmet dinner. A live band will play jazz music to set the atmosphere and the evening will wrap up with dancing. 1920s vehicles will be stationed on campus as decoration and will be available to for photography. UWG hopes to make the Scholarship Gala another great tradition of UWG.

“We raised $55,000 last year for students who have need-based scholarships,” said Tackett. “This year we hope to make that number higher.”

University Advancement hopes to encourage more participants to attend this year so they can achieve their goal of raising as much money as possible. Last year’s gala was centered on Marrero’s Inauguration. This year they want to focus more on the students by having several scholarship recipients speak at the event.

It is the kind of event one gets dolled up for because it is for a good cause—an event that one would not want to miss. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to contact Tackett or Jim Gall, such as UWG fundraisers, for ticket purchasing information.



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