Sacramento State celebrated the community's support of the Destination 2010 initiative during the fifth annual Green & Gold Gala on Friday, Dec. 3.
More than 360 people at the black-tie event in the University Union Ballroom were treated to performances from students in Theatre and Dance Department groups. Attendees included supporters, alumni, community leaders and students. Proceeds benefit student scholarships at Sacramento State.
Also at the Gala, University President Alexander Gonzalez announced that Wells Fargo is continuing its commitment to Sacramento State with a $100,000 contribution to the Student Veterans Success Program. More than 1,100 veterans and their dependents attend Sacramento State, and the University offers extensive support services for veterans.
Wells Fargo has previously supported Destination 2010 academic initiatives including Sacramento State's Honors Program, Troops to College, One Book and Guardian Scholars program.
Gonzalez launched Destination 2010 in 2003 to improve all facets of the campus. One of the initiative's goals was to increase community support, both in terms of donations to Sacramento State and in contributions of expertise from leaders in the region.
"We dreamed big, and we succeeded," Gonzalez said, citing new academic and student programs and unprecedented levels of donations.
Emcees for the Gala were News10 anchor and Sacramento State alumna Cristina Mendonsa and KCRA's Kevin Riggs.
Gonzalez said the University is looking ahead at its next initiative.
"This year's Gala is not just about the past – it also marks a new beginning," he said during the event. "We are now looking very hard at what is next, and conversations with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders are guiding our work. We want Sacramento State to be the epicenter of Sacramento's intellectual, cultural and economic prosperity."
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