September 22, 2005

Green and Gold Gala to celebrate
Sacramento State and its supporters

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Sacramento State will celebrate its successes and honor two of its most important benefactors at the inaugural Green and Gold Gala the evening of Thursday, Oct. 20 in the University Union Ballroom.

Alex and Faye Spanos will be the guests of honor at the black-tie event. They’ll be recognized for their commitment of $10 million for the Recreation Wellness and Events Center project, as well as previous gifts that allowed the University to host the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

The Green and Gold Gala will include a reception, dinner and dancing. There will also be talks and displays to showcase the campus, a new Destination 2010 video and more than a few surprises.

In addition to recognizing Mr. and Mrs. Spanos, additional leadership gifts to the University will be announced at the gala, says Vice President for University Advancement Carole Hayashino.

“The early response and broad support from the community and the campus has been very encouraging,” says Hayashino, who is responsible for the event. “There is great pride in Sacramento State. Everyone realizes how important it is to celebrate the University and recognize those individuals whose contributions are making a difference.”

Hayashino says efforts are under way to ensure that costs of the event are covered through sponsorship contributions. A number of sponsorships have already been finalized, including Capital Public Radio, Comcast, Mumm Napa, Sacramento magazine and Steltzner Vineyards. Other major sponsors will be recognized at the event.

The honorary co-chairs for the Green and Gold Gala are Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. While it is unlikely either will be able to attend, both have endorsed the event and encouraged friends and supporters to participate.

The Honorary Gala Committee members are:

Tickets are $200 per person. A special ticket price of $150 per person is available for campus hosts (Sacramento State faculty and staff).

More information and tickets are available at (916) 278-3349 or (916) 278-7043. Tickets may be purchased online at


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