Green & Gold Gala 2015

Farewell event for President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez raised nearly a half-million dollars for student scholarships


The 2015 Green & Gold Gala was one for the ages.

This year’s edition of the black-tie event netted more than $450,000 for student scholarships.

It also celebrated the accomplishments of President Alexander Gonzalez and his wife, Gloria, as he prepares to retire in June after a 35-year career in California higher education, including the past 12 years at Sacramento State. The Gonzalezes hosted the inaugural Green & Gold Gala in 2006 and it has become the University’s signature fundraiser and a highly sought-after ticket for the Sacramento community.

During the celebration, President Gonzalez announced significant philanthropic support for Sacramento State, including the establishment of the University’s first endowed chair and the naming of the Alumni Center in recognition of gifts and a bequest intention from Leslie and Anita Harper. Les Harper ’55 (Business Administration) was a member of Sacramento State’s first graduating class at its current location.

“I am pleased to announce that, thanks to their generosity, through gifts they have already given the University and a significant bequest, we—with the approval of the CSU Board of Trustees—are naming the Alumni Center ‘The Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Center,’” President Gonzalez said.

President Gonzalez also announced:

  • A $1 million gift from the estate of Hazel Cramer to create an endowed chair in the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. It is the University’s first endowed chair and will allow the campus to expand the range and quality of offerings for students. 
  • A $150,000 contribution from University Enterprises Inc. to the President Alexander and Gloria Gonzalez Public Service and Community Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who aspire to follow the Gonzalezes’ examples of perseverance and dedication in the pursuit of community improvement.
  • The inaugural recipients of the new Green and Gold Scholarship: biological sciences major Manmeet K. Singh, and food and nutrition major Morgen M. Spiers. The scholarship was created to assist undergraduate students of any major who have demonstrated enthusiasm and determination to obtain a degree despite personal, financial or other hardships. During the Gala, a live auction raised enough funds to enable the awarding of additional $2,500 Green and Gold scholarships in 2016.

Top sponsors of the 2015 Green & Gold Gala included University Enterprises Inc., Douglas and Barbara Patiño, Wells Fargo, Western Health Advantage and Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region.

To view images from the 2015 Green & Gold Gala, please click here.

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