BHSU names Difference Maker, celebrates donors during 1883 Gala

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, September 29, 2016/Categories: 2016

Steve Meeker, Vice President for University Advancement, welcomes nearly 200 supporters to the Black Hills State University 1883 Gala. BHSU raised $33,000 for student scholarships at the event, doubling the amount raised the previous year.

Nearly 200 supporters of Black Hills State University gathered during the recent 1883 Gala to celebrate a successful year of fundraising and promote student scholarships.

The annual event held raised $33,000 for student scholarships at BHSU, more than double the amount raised at last year's Gala.

"Educating and graduating students is at the heart of what we do at a University, and donors help make that possible," said Mona Jackson, wife of BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. "At BHSU we are fortunate to have such an immensely supportive community of alumni and donors who play a key role in shaping the University for the future."

Mona Jackson said the goal of the 1883 Gala was two-fold: first to recognize major donors, those contributing $1,883 or more to the University in 2015 along with lifetime donors who have donated $50,000 or more and also to celebrate the success of students thanks to the generosity of donors' scholarship support.

BHSU alum from the Class of 1979, Jim Moravec and his wife Laura were honored during the event as the 2016 Difference Makers, celebrating the couple as the top donors of the year. The Moravecs will leave a portion of their estate, nearly $3 million, to the BHSU Foundation. Jim Moravec is the general manager of Stott Outdoor Advertising in Chico, Calif., the largest outdoor advertising company in the state. The Moravecs' gift will benefit cross country scholarships, general athletic scholarships, athletic operational needs, business scholarships and entrepreneurial activities at BHSU.

The Gala's festive theme, Elegant Summer Nights, was enjoyed throughout the evening with a live auction, silent auction, and wine raffle. Back by popular demand, the Green Dolphin Jazz Quartet provided musical entertainment.

Steve Meeker, Vice President for University Advancement, expressed this thanks to the attendees, committee members, and donors of auction items for a successful event.

"The 1883 committee and donors take great pride in providing BHSU students the best possible education through their gifts," said Meeker. "We sincerely thank all donors and supporters for helping make a bright future for all who attend BHSU."

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