2018 University Gala
Friday, October 5, 6pm-Midnight, SMSU R/A Facility


Experience the distinctive talents of the SMSU family

Be part of raising support for SMSU student scholarships through one of the most unique social events in Southwest Minnesota!

The Gala Impact

For 29 years, the University Gala has been a driving force in funding scholarships for SMSU students. Proceeds from the Gala have:

  • Funded permanent scholarship accounts for SMSU students
  • Awarded $850,000 in scholarships
  • Provided 1,400 scholarships

The Gala Experience

Your Gala evening includes great food and drinks, live entertainment, socializing, robust auctions, dancing and more. You will experience the best of the SMSU family--current SMSU students, employees and administration; SMSU alumni and friends; community, SMSU Foundation board and Gala commitee members--all contributing their distinctive talents and support to make the Gala a memorable event you will want to attend every year!

6-7:30pm - Lively social featuring hors d'oeuvres prepared by SMSU Culinology and Hospitality Management students, music from the SMSU Jazz Band and Chorale, and a vast array of silent auction items

7:30-8:30pm - The Gala Impact, served gourmet meal, music by local musicians Jazz with Ross & Pete, and performances by SMSU students

8:30-10pm - Interactive games, live auction, and your opportunity to fund a student scholarship. Check out the Live Auction packages available this year here.

10pm-Midnight - Dancing to music of the band PowerPlay


Gala Entree Options

Meat Option:

Tenderloin medallions with Cognac Espagnole sauce, accompanied by a prosciutto-cloaked pheasant breast and seared sea scallops.

Vegetarian Option:

Grilled portabella mushroom filled with Vadouvan roasted cauliflower and chickpea curry. Accompanied by a creole vegetable and sweet potato blend over savory cornbread with Jasmine rice and creole sauce.