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FAU ‘Make Waves on the 50’ Gala Raises More Than $400,000

BOCA RATON, FL (November 27, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University recently hosted “Make Waves on the 50,” a gala event, with proceeds benefitting the President’s Scholarship Fund. The black-tie gala was held in the Martin F. & Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower at FAU’s on-campus football stadium in Boca Raton. Host committee chairs were Ms. Elizabeth Fago, Mr. Martin F. and Mrs. Jane Greenberg, and Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Julie Southern.

“The ‘Make Waves on the 50’ gala was tremendously successful, with more than $400,000 raised,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “I would like to thank our gala host committee and more than 90 sponsors again for their support, as well as our volunteers and more than 700 guests.”

The gala spanned the plaza and two levels of the stadium tower, with each level featuring a unique theme. Guests were welcomed to the beach resort-themed plaza by a steel drum band, ice bar and wine and cheese pairings by sommeliers. The Delray Hyundai Priority Level was transformed into a high-energy club featuring suspended performers, live music by Orquesta Nostalgia, a DJ and live dance performances. The elegant Delray Acura Premier Level featured entertainment by alumna Birgit Fioravante ’11 and performers from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Department of Music, ice sculptures and a caviar display.

Highlights of the evening included a “half time” show on the field featuring a video montage, performances by Fioravante and the FAU marching band, and a spectacular fireworks display; and a silent auction featuring a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, a private cooking class, sports memorabilia, vacations, rounds of golf, tickets to local attractions and more.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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