SunRiver St. George, UT (PRWEB) March 08, 2014
The lives of many current and future Dixie State University students were changed forever last Friday as the result of the successful 10th Annual Fire & Ice Gala held at the SunRiver St. George community center. Tens of thousands of dollars was raised during the evening for scholarships that will be awarded to need’s-based students at the University.
The evening began with a silent auction of a diverse mix of items, including goods, services, and travel and entertainment packages which were donated by local businesses and individuals specifically for the gala. Later, after a dinner catered by Katering Concepts, an entertaining live auction of “big ticket” items was held, with Larry Gardner as auctioneer, entertainer and story-teller.
The Fire & Ice Gala has developed a strong tradition of support over the years. As evidence of the spirit of community generosity that drove the evening, several items in the auctions were knowingly sold for significantly more than their retail value. Friends and business associates were engaged in friendly bidding wars throughout the evening, as Gardner encouraged, cajoled, and on occasion, created ever-increasing bids.
Dixie College Foundation president Randy Wilkinson feels that the Fire & Ice event changes lives.
“We are so deeply grateful for all who have worked so hard to make this fundraiser a success. In one evening, it has become possible for many more students to make a real difference for good in the world, and we are so pleased that the St. George community has come together to support this life-changing event.”
During dinner, the audience was shown a moving video produced Lacey Hilliard and Kenzie Vawdrey, both DSU students, in which three former scholarship recipients were highlighted. Each recipient told a personal story of overcoming specific cultural, financial, and family challenges that had threatened to put their dream of gaining an education out of reach, and how their scholarship had changed their life.
Thanks to the many volunteers, donors, supporters and attendees of the Fire & Ice Gala, those dreams are still intact, and are being realized every day.
SunRiver St. George is Utah's only master-planned golf course community targeted to the 55+active adult, and is committed to providing an active, enhanced and fulfilling lifestyle for it's residents. Since 1997, SunRiver St. George has had an economic impact in excess of $1 billion on the economy of Washington County, Utah.
SunRiver St. George Development LC
1404 W. SunRiver Parkway, Ste 200
St. George UT 84790