2019 University Gala
Friday, October 11, 6 p.m., SMSU R/A Facility




30 Years of Empowering Student Success

Join the excitement at one of the most unique events in Southwest Minnesota! 

The Gala Impact

Now in its 30th year, 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 $900,000 in scholarships
  • Provided 1,450 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--from SMSU students, employees, administration, and alumni to community, friends, SMSU Foundation board and Gala committee members--all contributing their distinctive talents and resources to make the Gala a memorable event you will want to attend every year!

6-7:30 p.m. - Lively social featuring hors d'oeuvres prepared by SMSU Culinology and Hospitality Management students, performances from the SMSU Jazz Band and Chorale, and a vast array of silent auction items. *NEW* in 2019. The Gala silent auction will be completely ONLINE! Bookmark https://SMSUGala2019.givesmart.com and check back October 8 when the online silent auction opens. Anyone, even those not attending the Gala, can bid for items online. Online silent auction closes the night of Gala (October 11) at 8:45 pm.

7:30-8:30 p.m. - The Gala Impact, served gourmet meal, music, and special recognitions.

8:30-10 p.m. - Interactive games, unique entertainment, live auction, and Fund-A-Need.

10 p.m.-Midnight - Socializing and dancing the night away!


Entree Options


Beef Tenderloin with Monkfish Filet and Julienne Duck Breast. Accompanied by Green Beans and Beet Root Orzo. Lightly Drizzled with Lemon Basil Pistachio Butter.


Aubergine Burrata (Marinated Eggplant) with Brussel Sprouts, Kale and Red Cabbage over Spaghetti Squash. Accompanied by Red Curry Glaze.

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Friday October 11
6:00 PM
30th University Gala
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