Gala raises approximately $25,000 for scholarships to SWTJC

Email this article 04/10/2013

Over 400 people attended the 2013 Friends and Alumni Network Gala on April 6 at the Uvalde County Fairplex Events Center.

"We still have a couple of bills to pay, but it looks like we should clear right at $25,000 to add to our scholarship fund," FAN secretary/treasurer Wade Carpenter said. "On behalf of the entire FAN organization and gala committee I want to thank everyone who made this year's event such a great success."

SWTJC president Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., who is officially retiring at the end of June, was honored at this year's event with a video tribute and the presentation of several resolutions.

Congressman Pete Gallego of the 23rd Congressional District told the crowd that a U.S. flag was being flown over the Capitol in honor of Dr. Sosa's 45 years of dedicated service to Southwest Texas Junior College and the thousands of students he has influenced across the region. The flag will be presented to Dr. Sosa at a later date.

Leodoro Martinez, executive director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council, presented Dr. Sosa a plaque of appreciation.

Event master of ceremonies Willie Edwards also read a resolution filed by District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King and passed by the Texas Legislature honoring Sosa. Edwards also read a resolution from Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell declaring April 6 Ismael Sosa Day in Uvalde.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Representative King and Judge Mitchell were unable to attend the event.

Founded in 2007, the SWTJC FAN has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships to hundreds of students.

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