Tickets on sale for gala, farewell to President Sosa

Email this article 02/28/2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 SWTJC Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) Gala and Farewell to President Sosa slated April 6 at the Uvalde County Fairplex Event Center.

"It should be a great night of dinner, musical entertainment and dancing," said Wade Carpenter, FAN treasurer. "We will also use the occasion to recognize and thank president Sosa for his 45-plus years of dedication and service to Southwest Texas Junior College."

Ismael Sosa, Jr., Ph.D., began his career at SWTJC in 1968 as an English and Spanish instructor. He rose through the ranks of the college administration, serving in a variety of positions, before being named president in 1999.

According to Carpenter, tickets to the gala are $50 each. Corporate sponsorship tables are also available.

Proceeds from the event will go to the FAN scholarship fund. Since its founding in 2007, FAN has provided over $130,000 in scholarships to area residents.

"This has become FAN's major fund raiser and the scholarship monies it generates have become more and more crucial in the face of rising tuition and decreasing state and federal funding," Carpenter said.

Included on this year's gala agenda is a silent auction, a steak dinner with all the trimmings, and dancing to the music of Highway 281, a country-western/Tejano band from the Rio Grande Valley.

AEP Texas has also donated a Las Vegas trip for two which includes airfare and two nights hotel stay. A total of 100 tickets for the trip will be sold for $50 each at the gala. The winner will be drawn during the dance.

Anyone interested in reserving tickets for the gala should contact Carpenter at 591.7351 or by e-mail at 

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