FAU Celebrates 2017 President’s Gala

By brittany sullivan | 4/4/2017

Florida Atlantic University recently celebrated its sixth annual gala in the Martin F. and Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower of FAU Stadium at its Boca Raton campus.

The gala brought more than 1,000 guests back in time with its theme of the gilded age of vintage ships and classic boardwalks. Spread over three levels of the stadium, the gala featured gourmet dining, a full open bar, live entertainment, auctions, photo-ops and more.

“Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and guests who made the 2017 President’s Gala our best one yet. By giving generously to FAU through the gala, we can support a future university president, or a brilliant coastal steward like my wife, or a world-renowned doctor, engineer, artist or business leader,” said FAU President John Kelly. “Simply put, together we can change the future in the best of ways.” 

The gala celebrated advances in ocean science and engineering. For the past five decades, FAU has been a leader in ocean science and engineering education and discovery. Scientists at FAU are prioritizing the health of the Atlantic Ocean, Everglades and river basins.

Diamond-level sponsors ($50,000-plus) included Michael T.B. and Phyllis Dennis; and The University Club of the FAU Foundation, Inc.         

Platinum-level sponsors ($25,000-plus) included Schmidt Family Foundation; Arnold and Barbara Cohen; Boca Raton Observer – media sponsor; Jay and Marilyn Weinberg; Premier Eye Care – Dr. Alan Aker and Dr. Ann Kasten Aker; and Chartwells.

Gold-level sponsors ($15,000-plus) included ADT; Moabery Family Foundation; and BB&T.

Silver-level sponsors ($10,000-plus) included Leslie Goldberg; Randy ’73 and Rosemary Justice; South Florida Productions; Florida Power & Light; FAU Lifelong Learning Society – Boca Raton campus; Evelyn B. Weinberger; GCA Services Group; Barnes & Noble; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; BrightView; Avron and Wendy Fogelman; Kaufman Lynn Construction; Oracle Elevator; FAU Alumni Association Board of Directors; The GEO Group Foundation, Inc.; and Designs by Sean. 

Bronze-level sponsors ($5,000-plus) were Mutual of America; Maurice and Marjorie Plough; Templeton & Company; Patricia ‘78 and Gary ‘78 McKay; Dell EMC; Bruce ’71 and Carolyn ‘92 Allen; Daniel and Debra Cane; Bettoli Vending; FAU Lifelong Learning Society - Jupiter campus; Stewart ’89 and Wendy Martin; Modernizing Medicine; Aubrey and Sally Strul; Islamorada Beer Company; Saks Fifth Avenue; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Michael ’82 and Mindy Feldman; JWR Construction Services; Commander Charles D. Federico; Dr. Robert and Dr. Andrea Colton; Michael and Dana Miller; Balfour Beatty Construction; Panache Classic Event & Tent Rentals; Cecilia ’90 and Gary Peters – In Honor of Eric Shaw, Ph.D.; The Gabor Agency; Blue Sky Radiology, LLC; Dr. Joseph and Lynn M. Ouslander; Blackbird Aero – Brandon Abbey; DPR Construction; Investments Limited; Dale and Ann Gregory; and E.M. Lynn Foundation.

Crystal-level sponsors ($2,500-plus) were Stephen ’82 and Tamra Constantine; Cheryl Budd; U.S. Trust; Paladin Global Partners; Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Richard and Lila Yules; Susan H. Skemp ’81; Dr. John W. McDonald and Mary Beth McDonald ’74; Pechter Family Foundation, Inc.; Boca Raton Airport Authority; Anthony ’78 and Vicki Barbar; Thomas ’71 and Maureen Workman; MCNA Dental and Honorable Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold; FAU College of Engineering & Computer Science Executive Advisory Board; Break Thru Beverage Group; Zambelli Fireworks; Show Pro, Inc.; Grimes Events and Party Tents; Natalie ’05 and Marcell Haywood; Dr. Malcolm J. Dorman; Moss Construction; Barbara and Bobby Campbell; Shaun and Tanya Davis; Richard and Tamara Morgenstern; Novitex Enterprise Solutions; RGD Consulting Engineers; Bob ’73 and Mary Davenport; and Rey '75 and Joyce Moré.