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DSU Raises Over $150K at President's Scholarship Ball

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DOVER, Del. - Delaware State University announced Tuesday that it raised more than $150,000 during its December 13 President's Scholarship Ball, which was attended by more than 400 supporters.

The President's Scholarship Ball coincided with University's launch of the public phase of DSU's $20 million Greater Than One: Campaign for Students. The University says the $150,000 - which includes some pledges that were made at the Scholarship Ball and fulfilled over the last week - has added to the Greater Than One campaign.

"The money raised at the President's Scholarship Ball is a great start to the public phrase of our Greater Than One scholarship campaign," said DSU President Harry L. Williams. "It is our hope that others will join the momentum and help us meet our campaign goal, and in doing help provide the financial support needed to help our DSU students fulfill their academic and professional aspirations."

In addition to the individual tickets sold, the Scholarship Ball received support from 18 sponsors, including lead supporters: Premier sponsor -DuPont, Diamond sponsor - Delmarva Power, Platinum sponsor - AstraZeneca, and Gold sponsors - Delaware Today and the Delaware State News.

Held in the ballroom of the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, the President's Scholarship Ball was emceed by DSU alumna Cathleen Trigg-Jones, an actress, author, and former news anchor and reporter for MY 9 and FOX 5 News-New York.

The Scholarship Ball reception featured music by the Joe Baione Jazz Sextet, while the Scholarship Ball dinner portion featured the music vocals of renowned Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick. The dance portion of the night was propelled by the versatile Delaware band Mike Hines and the Look. The event also featured auctioneer Frank Chick, Jr., CEO of Chick's Farm & Feed Supply, who successfully received over $6,820 in live bids for various items as well as the autographed chair used during Ms. Warwick's performance.

During the event, President's Community Partner Awards were presented to community activist and DSU supporter Beatrice "Bebe" Coker; Jocelyn Stewart, senior director of Community Investment for Barclaycard US; DSU alumni Donald and Dolores Blakey; and Enid Wallace-Sims, Delmarva Power public affairs manager and DSU alumna.

"It was a very good Scholarship Ball," Dr. Williams said. "In addition to exceeding our fundraising goal, we also attracted new friends to the University." 
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