Gala celebration launches Emporia State University’s 150th year

January 30, 2013

A high-energy event that showcases Emporia State’s student talent and looks to the future of the institution will kick off the university’s celebration of its 150th year.

The Sesquicentennial Gala will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in Webb Hall on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The premier event features a unique and engaging format with a variety of live entertainment showcasing student talent including music, theater, debate and visual arts.

Those in attendance will receive a glimpse into the vision for Emporia State University’s next 150 years and will be privy to a major announcement by the ESU Foundation. Along with live entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, food displays, carving stations and open bars serving beer, wine and a surprise signature cocktail will enhance the high-energy event.

Emcee for the black-tie-optional Gala Celebration is Mike Kennedy of Q104 Country in Kansas City. Kennedy is an Emporia native who worked in radio here while earning his business degree from Emporia State University.

Tickets for the event cost $75, with net proceeds going to the general scholarship fund at the Emporia State University Foundation. Valet parking will be provided. Reservations can be made by Feb. 7 by calling the Foundation at (620) 341-6488.

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