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Scholarship Gala Features Former President Bush's Daughter

Released: 11/12/2010

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, will highlight the LSUA Foundation Scholarship Gala on Dec. 17 in the Alexandria Riverfront Center. All net proceeds from the night of dinner and dancing will be used for student scholarships. Music will be provided by Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters, and Dr. Robin Freedman of Alexandria will be guest saxophonist. “This is the first event of its kind for LSUA, and it concludes the year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary,” said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. “On several occasions this year we’ve celebrated the past. The Scholarship Gala focuses on the future by building a foundation of scholarship funds for deserving students.” A six-figure goal has been set to support the scholarship fund. Hager will share her stories of “creating change from ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” She has a keen interest in promoting literacy and education, and she will talk about how lives can be changed when people are exposed to educational opportunities, community support and compassion. The former president’s daughter, a graduate of the University of Texas, has worked with UNICEF in South America and hosted segments of NBC television education specials. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and dinner provided by Al Mahfouz and Red River Grill Catering. The attire is black tie or formal. Tickets are $100 per person. Tables for eight are being sold at the Gold Level for $5,000, the Silver Level for $2,500 and the Bronze Level for $1,000. A steering committee, which includes Michael Jenkins, chairman of the LSUA 50th Anniversary Committee, and Joy Hodges, chairwoman of the LSUA Foundation, has been working for nearly a year on the Scholarship Gala. Tickets and additional information are available from Melinda Anderson, executive director of the LSUA Foundation, at 619-2916 or manderson@lsua.edu. “The LSUA Foundation’s No. 1 priority is student scholarships,” said Hodges. “We think the Scholarship Gala will be a night to remember, and it will have a lasting impact on the lives of LSUA students.” Jenkins said the event is being funded through private donations with no money coming from the university’s budget.