TIFTON—A fantastic night of food, fun, dancing, and supporting student scholarships will take place at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s annual “An Evening for ABAC” on February 24.
The event, which will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, will include a virtual auction beginning on Feb. 21, cocktails, a fabulous dinner, and entertainment featuring Disc Jockey ETC.
ABAC Director of Alumni and Special Events Lynda Fisher, the coordinator for this year’s event, said the night is one of the college’s highlight events each year.
“This year’s event will have a derby feel to it, and we encourage those ladies to wear a fabulous hat with their stunning outfits,” Fisher said.
The event has a rich history, dating back to 1972 when the ABAC Foundation sponsored a fundraiser featuring Anita Bryant to complete the funding for the Chapel of All Faiths. One year later, the foundation sponsored a second event with country music star Eddie Arnold and the annual Dollars for Scholars program was born.
Dollars for Scholars was a popular annual attraction featuring entertainers such as Ronnie Milsap, the Temptations, Marie Osmond, Ray Stevens, Louise Mandrell, and Helen Reddy. Trisha Yearwood attracted the largest Dollars for Scholars crowd in 2006 with an audience of over 1,800 fans. The ABAC Foundation changed the name of the event to An Evening for ABAC in 2008 and focused its efforts entirely on raising funds for scholarships.
The event provides over $100,000 in scholarships for the Baldwin Scholars program annually. The Baldwin Scholars program was originally established in 1985 and was known as the ABAC Foundation Scholars. It has provided over a million dollars in scholarships to ABAC students.
“We are grateful for our sponsors and donors each year as they support scholarships for worthy students,” Fisher said. “Over $130,000 was raised last year at this event for scholarships, but we hope to top that this year.”
Tickets for An Evening for ABAC are $150 for singles and $275 for couples. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. For tickets, interested persons can visit www.abac.edu/evening or call (229) 391-4895.
Attendees may use the link to purchase tables and tickets as well as view the online auction. Bidding will open on Wednesday, February 21 and will run through Saturday. Participants do not need to be present to bid.
Event sponsors are vital to the success of An Evening for ABAC.
Sponsorship levels include the Summa Cum Laude level for $20,000 which sponsors six scholarships, Magna Cum Laude for $15,000 which sponsors five scholarships, Cum Laude for $10,000 which sponsors four scholarships, President’s List for $5,000 which sponsors two scholarships, and Dean’s List for $2,500 which sponsors one scholarship. Also, reserved tables for eight patrons are available for $1,750. The online registration deadline for tables and tickets is Friday, Feb. 9. After that, anyone interested can call (229) 391-4900 for availability.
Each sponsorship level comes with a variety of attractive opportunities. Those interested in finding out more information about those levels or sponsoring the event can contact Development Officer Randi Hickman at email@example.com or by calling (229) 391-4902.
Leading the list of sponsors so far are the Colquitt Regional Medical Center and Southwell at the Summa Cum Laude level and the South Georgia Banking Company at the Dean’s List level.