BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The 2011 Scholarship Gala raised $157,000 for
University at Buffalo student scholarships, thanks to the more than
360 UB alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and business and community
leaders who attended the November event.
Now in its sixth year, the annual gala was begun in 2006 to
raise funds so UB could offer more scholarships to attract the best
students, a goal of UB 2020, the university's strategic plan to
become a model 21st-century public university. Scholarships are one
of the most effective ways to guarantee that top students choose
Since 2006, the event has raised $974,000 to be used for
scholarships across the university. UB distributes some of the
funding for scholarships each year, depositing the rest into an
endowment to be used by future generations of students.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi told gala attendees that their
presence at the event supports his vision for academic excellence
throughout the university.
"We consider this one of our top priorities: guaranteeing access
to public higher education for deserving students," Tripathi said.
"A first-class education pays large dividends, both socially and
economically. But we cannot forget that an increasing number of our
students have financial need -- even as a college education is more
critical than ever."
Four UB alumni served as co-chairs for the 2011 gala, held in
the Edward Wright Practice Facility on the North Campus: Pamela
Davis Heilman, JD '75, and her husband Robert Heilman, MBA '75,
along with Andrew Cappuccino, MD '88, and Helen Cappuccino, MD '88,
Independent Health, Turner Construction and Verizon were the
presenting sponsors for the gala, which included dinner, dancing,
performances by UB students and auctions. For more information,