By Edwin Buggage
The Rich History of HBCU’s
When many think of the Bayou Classic, they think of the Battle of the Bands and the football game between Grambling and Southern University on the gridiron. But behind the glitz, glamour and fun of the game is the rich and grand history of HBCU’s and their amazing legacy of educating African-Americans and others who want to get a quality education.
Gala Raises Money for Southern University System
During this weekend in the Crescent City to a standing room only crowd, the Southern University Foundation System held their Annual Appreciation Event for significant donors at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. This True-Blue Gala featured entertainment from none other than the legendary Frankie Beverly and Maze.
This is an annual event put on by the Southern University System Foundation. This is our appreciation event for significant donors who pledge and give big monies to scholarships and endowed chairs throughout the year. Current revenues exceed 36 million dollars. Raised from 2014-2017.
“This is an expressed appreciation event which is our way of letting our corporate and philanthropic donors know just how much we truly appreciate all of their many wonderful contributions. Being my last public function as Board President what a way to go out; Al Harrell and his team never cease to amaze me,” says Attorney and SUSF Board President Demoine Rutledge, who was also honored at the event.
Southern University and the Continuance of a Great Legacy
The Southern University System continues to educate generations of people of all ages throughout its five campuses across the state. Its graduates have accomplishments that run the gamut and are making great contributions across all fields of endeavor. Southern University is also poised to continue leading the way as an institution that stresses excellence and a commitment to being a beacon of light for the African-American community.
“The success of our efforts has been people-driven. The people are keenly aware of certain expectations of fiscal management. We have passed the test. The people feel much better about giving to Southern University today simply because they know that we will take care of the business at hand. Part of that testament is this outpouring of support and vote of confidence that you are witnessing here tonight,” states Alfred “Al” Harrell, CEO of the Southern University System Foundation Board.
Continuing this rich legacy and the Southern University System dedication to education and funding and fueling the future is the goal of the gala. This year as in past years, it was a monumental success.
“This has been a truly phenomenal evening. I must commend SU Foundation Board President Attorney Demoine Rutledge and CEO Al Harrell, the other board members and the staff for executing an outstanding presentation,” says, Dr. Ray L Belton, President- Chancellor of the Southern University System.