"Going for the Gold Gala" on April 14 Will Benefit Nursing Scholarships at Baylor University - Legendary Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, Baylor's Women's Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey and ESPN's Trey Wingo Are Special Guests

Feb. 17, 2012

The "Going for the Gold Gala," with special guests, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, Baylor's Kim Mulkey and Baylor alum Trey Wingo of ESPN, to benefit endowed scholarships for Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing(LHSON), will be held Saturday evening, April 14, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

"This inaugural 'Going for the Gold Gala' will be a spectacular occasion and will benefit a most worthy cause," said Mrs. Alice Starr, Baylor University's First Lady, who serves on the gala task force. "Proceeds will fund scholarships for deserving nursing students at Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing. These scholarships will have a lasting impact on a new generation of nursing professionals and will help to meet the growing need for qualified nurses in our great state and throughout the nation."

We are thrilled that our celebrated Coach Kim Mulkey, superstar quarterback Troy Aikman, and famed ESPN commentator Trey Wingo, a Baylor alumnus, will be special guests at this star-studded occasion to support the nursing school," Mrs. Starr added.

Baylor University alums Joel and Diane Allison, Joe and Kelly Armes, and Ron and Cheryl Murff are gala co-chairs. Mr. Allison is president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System, and Mrs. Allison is a member of the LHSON Dean's Board. Mr. Murff is a Baylor regent and president of JKL Group. Mrs. Murff is special assistant to the executive staff at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Mr. Armes is a former Baylor regent and retired COO for Hicks Holdings, LLC., and Mrs. Armes is a member of Baylor University Women's Council of Dallas.

Wingo, host of ESPN's NFL Live and NFL Prime Time, will serve as emcee. Aikman will have the honor of introducing Coach Mulkey who will be the evening's keynote speaker. Mulkey owns the distinction of being the only person to win a National Championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She is also a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and an Olympic Gold Medalist.

"The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing is honored to have such strong dedication and support from the Dallas community, the entire Baylor Nation and our community of generous benefactors," said Shelley F. Conroy, Ph.D., dean and professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing. "The funds raised at this gala will make it possible for young men and women to pursue their dreams of becoming a Baylor nurse and live out the school's motto of 'Learn.Lead.Serve.'"

For more information, visit the gala website at http://www.baylor.edu/nursing/index.php?id=86853

Guests of the gala are invited to enjoy deluxe accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. To reserve a room at the group rate, contact Paul Gonzalez, group reservation coordinator, at paul.gonzalez@ritzcarlton.com or 214-922-4716. For more information and gala tickets, contact Stephanie Willey at 214-820-4183 or stephanie_willey@baylor.edu.

Media contact: Frank Raczkiewicz, (254) 710-1964

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