2018 Welty Gala
About the Gala
On Friday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m., students from the Ina E. Gordy Honors College, alumni, and community members are invited to join us for an elegant evening in downtown Columbus. The Welty Gala begins with a Friends reception with this year’s Welty Symposium authors followed by dinner and a presentation by best-selling author Brad Meltzer.
The Welty Gala is our annual fundraiser for the MUW Scholarship Fund. To ensure the success of this event, MUW is seeking supporters who will participate as Benefactors, Patrons, and Friends. We are especially grateful and appreciative of your support for this event and the opportunity it provides to the community and our Ina E. Gordy Honors College students to further their academic experience beyond the classroom.
About the Speaker
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, also debuted at number one.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.
He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.
Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
October 19, 2018
Trotter Convention Center
402 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS, 39701
Black Tie Optional
5:30 p.m. – Private reception with Brad Meltzer for Benefactors and Patrons
6:00 p.m. – Friends reception with Welty Symposium authors in the Trotter Main Lobby
7:00 p.m. – Dinner in the Trotter Ballroom
8:30 p.m. – Brad Meltzer presentation
9:15 p.m. – Book signing
$5,000 ($3,800 tax deductible)
Eight seats at a named table including preferred dinner service
Eight invitations to a private reception with Mr. Meltzer, catered by MUW Culinary Arts students
Four autographed copies of a top-selling book by Mr. Meltzer
Prominent program recognition
One quarter-page advertisement in the spring issue of our alumni magazine, Visions
A 20-meal ticket to the MUW Hogarth Dining Center
OR a 20-session pass to the MUW Stark Recreation Center
$500 ($400 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
Invitation to a private reception with Mr. Meltzer, catered by MUW Culinary Arts Students
An autographed copy of a top-selling book by Mr. Meltzer
$100 ($50 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
Invitation to friends reception with Welty Symposium authors in the Trotter Main Lobby
For Additional Information
Office of Development and Alumni