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West Liberty University will enjoy the support of alumni, donors and friends on Friday, April 19 at its third annual Great Gala fundraiser at Oglebay Resort's Glessner Auditorium.

The gala is sponsored by the Ryan Ferns Healthplex.

"We are grateful to Ryan for his commitment to higher education. Never before has education in the state of West Virginia been so important," said West Liberty President Robin C. Capehart. "Reaching our goal of a ‘great university' will enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Ohio Valley and across the region."

The festive evening will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a gourmet dinner and special entertainment: a Frank Sinatra tribute band featuring Akron, Ohio performer Michael Sonata.

The theme selected for the 2013 Great Gala blends the classic elegance of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with the retro cool of "Mad Men," according to Director of Marketing and Special Events Tammi Secrist. She encourages guests to wear fashions representing 1960s evening clothes.

This third gala, like previous galas, is sold out, a level of support for which Director of Development Angela Zambito-Hill thanks the entire community.

Joining Title Sponsor Ferns in support of the 2013 Great Gala are:

  • Madison Avenue Executives ($10,000): WTRF; Fox Ohio Valley & ABC Ohio Valley
  • Park Avenue Socialites ($5,000): Jack C. Adams; Barnes & Noble Bookstores
  • Wall Street Investors ($2,500): Eagle Manufacturing Co.; Radiology Associates, Inc.
  • Grand Central Station Commuters ($1,000): Alex E. Paris Contracting Co., Inc.; Costanzo & Assoc., PLLC, Certified Public Accountants; Les DeFelice & Connie Nelson; Em-Media; Daniel I. Joseph, D.D.S., M.S.; Lamar Advertising; Med Express Urgent Care; Mona Lisa Communications; Perkins Restaurant; United Bank Wealth Management; WesBanco Bank, Inc. Trust Dept.
  • Central Park Tourists ($500): Advantage Payroll Services; Alpine Skis & Boards LLC; B B & T; Carey Strategic Communications; George G. & Carol J. Couch; Direct Online Marketing; Edward G. Grimes; H.E. Neumann Co.; KATKO Ltd. – Welding Division; Lynn Buch Interiors; L & K Marketing; Nello Construction; Ohio Valley Medical Center; Original DiCarlo's Pizza; Pentino Dental; Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel; Riesbeck Food Markets, Inc.; Mark Starcher; Petticord & Son, Inc.; TIAA-CREF Financial Services; Touchstone Research Laboratory; Adam & Erika Koegler Weidner; WesBanco Bank, Inc.; Wheeling Renal Care; Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence E. Wright; Ye Olde Alpha.

Zambito-Hill explained that money raised through the Great Gala will support the construction of Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, the renovation of Kelly Theatre and historic Shaw Hall, upgrades to athletic facilities and other capital improvements.

"The Great Gala supports President Robin C. Capehart's goal of building and maintaining a great university," she said. "We thank everyone for getting involved and encourage alumni and friends to join us for the party. "

For more information, contact Zambito-Hill at (304) 336-8490 or azambito@westliberty.edu or visit the university's Institutional Advancement web page.