February 25, 2013
DALLAS, Texas (December, 2012) Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in Dallas, Texas is planning their second annual Going for the Gold Gala this March 1, 2013, and the bar is already set incredibly high.
Last year's inaugural Going for the Gold Gala drew more than 750 guests; Baylor women's basketball head coach, Kim Mulkey, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, Troy Aikman and ESPN's Trey Wingo co-starred; and, by the end of the evening, more than $500,000 was raised benefiting endowed scholarships for the school.
"2012 was a magical year for Baylor University, and the Going for the Gold Gala was the place to be," said Kathy Tinius, current president of the Baylor University Women's Council in Dallas and a member of the 2013 gala committee. "This year's gala will be a wonderful opportunity for Baylor people in the area to celebrate the accomplishments of the nursing school and address the critical need for new nurses by raising scholarship money to help nursing students pay for their education."
Originally, the 2013 planning committee had booked actor Larry Hagman (AKA J.R. Ewing of the renowned "Dallas" TV series) as their keynote speaker. But, when Mr. Hagman passed away unexpectedly last November, new plans had to be drawn.
The theme, "Texas Style," remains the same, as does the venue, Eddie Deen's Ranch in downtown Dallas. But who the honored guest speakers might be for evening remains a surprise.
"Several star-quality names have been tossed about," said event co-chair Angela Bowman. "We are confident this year's line-up will be everything Larry Hagman would have wanted it to be, and all of what our 2012 line-up brought to the party."
As parties go, Bowman and co-chair Donna Dee Floyd have cooked up a good one, included Eddie Deen's Texas-style barbecue, country and western music, line-dancing, celebrity photos, a live and silent auction, and of course, star-power speakers. But the real highlight of the evening will be raising scholarship money for future LHSON students.
"Nursing touches many people. Regardless of background, education and experience everyone at some point in their life needs a good nurse," said Dr. Shelley Conroy, LHSON dean. "Our students are drawn to a calling to learn, lead and serve, and we want to be able to help them attend our nursing school, knowing that for many of them, paying for their education is beyond their families' abilities."
The 2013 Going for the Gold Gala will raise much-needed scholarship funds through a combination of named scholarship opportunities, table sponsorships, individual donations, as well as auction and event ticket proceeds.
LHSON's unique mission involves the integration of faith and learning for preparing future nurses. The school has been preparing nurses for worldwide service for more than 100 years, and today offers a Bachelor of Science in nursing, along with a Master of Science in nursing for family nurse practitioners (FNP), neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP) and doctors of nursing practice for nurse midwifery (DNP). In 2014, the family nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner programs will transition to a DNP degree, as well.
"We strive to educate our students in a way that ignites their desire for wisdom and to pursue their calling, as they also share their Christian faith and gifts," said Dr. Conroy.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, auction donations and advanced event reservations, please visit www.baylor.edu/nursing/gala or contact Kara Sikes at 214-820-4144 or Kara_Sikes@baylor.edu.