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November 28, 2005
DH 05 RH29
Contact: Russ Hudson,
Media Relations Coordinator
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Evening of Elegance: Chance to Dress Up and
Support Students

Carson, CA—An Evening of Elegance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Rancho Dominguez Room at the Carson Community Center. The dress will be formal, but the purpose is to raise funds for student scholarships.
The proceeds from the event benefit the Deborah C. Sears Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of the former professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (now the College of Liberal Arts), who served CSUDH for 20 years. The Fund was established in 1996, following her death from cancer.

Tracey Haney, office manager, Academic Programs, and the event co-chair, says the Evening of Elegance is a way to efficiently raise funds for assisting African-American students. According to Haney, the first two Evenings have collectively raised almost $25,000, and the popularity of the event is steadily increasing.

“Basically, it’s an opportunity for people to go someplace and have a dress-up evening,” she say. “This is one of the few events we have, besides the President’s Dinner, that is at least semi-formal, which makes it fun. There’s never a program or keynote speaker. Dr. (Joyce) Johnson (emeritus professor of Englishand president, BFSA) just welcomes everyone and we acknowledge our student scholars, who will be introduced to the folks who helped give them their award money. Basically, it’s an opportunity for people to come together and have a good time and support a good cause.”

A scholarship committee chooses the Sears Scholarship recipients based on an essay by the students, their community and campus service, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Undergraduate students from any discipline are eligible; there is no criteria for financial need. This year’s recipients of the Deborah C. Sears Scholarship are Rashina Young, senior, public administration, and Deidre Knighten, senior, public administration, who will each receive a $1,000 award. A philanthropic group, the Ebony Ring, who donated to the Sears Scholarship, will also give a $200 scholarship to Pernell Jones, sophomore, health sciences, and Erin Cooper, junior, business administration, in recognition of academic excellence and financial need.

Traditionally held on the first Saturday in December, the Evening of Elegance draws supporters from everywhere, with an attendance of 200 guests last year. The evening is kicked off with no-host cocktails at 7 p.m.. Dinner begins at 8 p.m., followed by dancing. There will also be a silent auction.

“I can honestly say that it’s been a successful event for the last three years,” says Walter Jones, director, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). “It’s been very well attended, and has gotten progressively bigger. We get a great deal of representation from the campus, from the president, the administration, faculty and staff. And from friends, a lot of people from the community show up, too.”
“We budget for 200 people and reserve a room to hold that many,” Haney says. “We sell out every year and hope to sell out again this year. We raise roughly $5,000 on ticket sales alone and the rest of the money comes from private donations throughout the year. But the bulk of them come at the time of this event.”

The Carson Community Center is located at 801 E. Carson St., east of Avalon Boulevard.

Tickets are $75 per person and will be available until the seating capacity is reached. They will not be sold at the door. For more information, contact Haney at (310) 243-3308 or Adria Edwards at (310) 243-3293.

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Last updated November 28, 6:04 p.m.,
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