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FAU Announces ‘Make Waves on the 50’ Gala Host Committee

BOCA RATON, FL (September 27, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will host “Make Waves on the 50,” a gala event to be held this fall, with proceeds benefitting student scholarships. A reception was held recently in honor of the gala host committee at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Elizabeth Fago, Martin F. and Jane Greenberg, and Raymond and Julie Southern were given special recognition as the honorary co-chairs of the committee.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to our ‘Make Waves on the 50’ host committee members for their support of our second annual gala,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “Last year’s inaugural gala was a huge success, raising more than $230,000 for student scholarships. We truly appreciate the time, energy and resources the community leaders on the 2012 host committee are donating to this important cause.”

Committee members include Amy Allen, Bruce H. and Carolyn Allen, Helen Babione, James and Marta Batmasian, Alan and Debbie Becker, Barry S. and Marjorie Berg, Laura Campbell-Held, Claire T. Carney, Ph.D., Stephen and Tamra Constantine, Michael L. Davis, Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis, Denise Dickins, Ph.D. and Kyle Hickman, Melanie Dickinson, Andrew Duffell, John Duffy, George Elmore, Jerry Fedele, Chris and Lori Fluehr, Shawn and Lisa Friedkin, Dr. Ira and June Gelb, Kathleen Grace, Brett and Jaime Greenberg, Dale and Ann Gregory, Victor and Marlis Hadeed, Arthur Jaffe, Ph.D. and Ezzat Fairplay, J. Randy and Rosemary Justice, Michael I. Kaufman, Gary and Jennifer Lesser, Alan and Marsha Levy, Marilyn C. Link, Charles Lomangino, Stewart I. and Wendy Martin, Mary Beth (Widmayer) McDonald, Gerri P. McPherson, William E. Morris, Frank and Marie Occhigrossi, Richard Paul-Hus, Jack and Marilyn Pechter, Craig and Janice Richman, Holli Rockwell, Robert and Shirley Rollins, Gary and Robin Rubin, Jan Savarick, Richard and Barbara Schmidt, The Honorable Constance Scott, Robert Swindell, Jay and Marilyn Weinberg, Christopher and Deanna Wheeler, and Rhys and Dr. Lorna Williams.

The black-tie gala event will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin F. and Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower at FAU Stadium on the Boca Raton campus. The 30,000-seat stadium, completed in 2011, is the centerpiece of FAU’s Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus.

Gala sponsorships are available at the $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 levels. Tickets are available for $250.

For more information about the “Make Waves on the 50” gala, visit, call 561-297-3010 or email


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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