The seventh annual West Virginia State University and West Virginia State University Foundation Black & Gold Gala will be held April 5 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and the program recognizing honorees at 7:30 p.m.
The black tie event recognizes the generosity of donors while raising funds to further support educational programs and students at the university.
This year’s honorees include the American Electric Power Foundation, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Center for Advancing Opportunity, the John L. Dickinson Family, Dr. Michael A. Harpold, the Maier Foundation Inc., and the Helen Wood Poffenbarger and Perry S. Poffenbarger Foundation.
In addition, the Gala honors community and business leaders who have made a lasting impact on the state of West Virginia and beyond. This year’s honorees include Commerce Secretary C. Edward Gaunch, Georgette Rashid George and Otis Laury.
Following the program and dinner, the gala will continue with an evening of dancing to live music provided by Santa Cruz. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $150.