2019 Welty Gala
About the Gala
On Friday, October 11, 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 John Feinstein.
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
John Feinstein is the author of 35 books, including the two bestselling sports books of all time: A Season on The Brink, and A Good Walk Spoiled, both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Ten of his books have been mysteries written for kids. The first of these, Last Shot, won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for mystery writing and was also a New York Times bestseller. His most recent non-fiction book, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, was his 23rd New York Times bestseller. His 36th book, The Legends Club, chronicles the rivalries and relationships among Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith and Jim Valvano.
In addition to his books, John also works for The Washington Post, The Golf Channel, Golf Digest, Sirius XM, CBS Sports Radio and Comcast Sportsnet. He has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame and the Greater D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
He is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Christine, and has three children, Danny, Brigid and Jane.
October 11, 2019
Trotter Convention Center
402 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS, 39701
Black Tie Optional
5:30 p.m. – Private reception with John Feinstein 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. – John Feinstein 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. Feinstein, catered by MUW Culinary Arts students
Four autographed copies of a top-selling book by Mr. Feinstein
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. Feinstein, catered by MUW Culinary Arts Students
An autographed copy of a top-selling book by Mr. Feinstein
$100 ($50 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
Invitation to friends reception with Welty Symposium authors in the Trotter Main Lobby
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