|The Road to 20 Save the Date Card... very clever! Although the science of reflection tells me the sign should be backward... don't you just love Photoshop?!|
|Front of the Invitation... in dedication to our host hotel, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids|
To further enhance the relationship between Ferris and Amway, and to give further prestige to this historic event, Richard M. DeVos, Sr., the founder of Amway, will address the massive audience as the honorary speaker for Gala 2011. I can remember hearing Mr. DeVos speak at the opening ceremony of the JW, and it was a humbling and meaningful to heed the wisdom of Grand Rapids' great pioneer. It will truly be an honor to have his words touch all the alumni, faculty, and students of the Gala.
|Inside of the Invitation... note the amazing dinner planned... a very classic and milestone-worthy invite|
In my four years of active participation of the FSU Hospitality Gala, I witnessed the transformation of an already well-established fundraiser with a group of students chairing various committees to plan a successful $9,000 profited event, to an evolved corporation-styled management structure recreating the Cuban island with 2x4's and Latin dancers for a skyrocketed $20,000 profited celebration. From A Night in Nashville, to Cuisines of the World, to Venetian Masquerade, to Havana Nights, our journey led us to a successful outcome each Gala season. I have also supported the three Galas since my graduation as a guest: Big Band, World Fair, and A Night With Willie Wonka. Now, in my eighth season, we are again incredibly excited to support the FSU Hospitality Gala with the hopes of building an endowment fund that will exponentially shatter the previous record ($20,153, if anyone was wondering... [cough] Havana Nights 2007 [cough]...). We are so looking forward to supporting the Hospitality Programs, but most of all to enjoy the company of good friends and a great atmosphere at the JW. Look out Grand Rapids, we're on the horizon!