Scholarship Gala coming Feb. 11

Enjoy an evening of live music, gourmet food and wine tasting to support student scholarships during the 14th annual Trine University Scholarship Gala in February.

The black-tie event blends the entertainment of live and silent auctions with the goal of raising money for scholarships. Last year, a record-setting $742,000 was brought in for student scholarships. This academic year, Trine awarded more than $25 million in institutional aid.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics, Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on the Angola campus.  Wine tasting and silent auctions start the special evening, followed by dinner and live auctions at 7 p.m. The Trine University Jazz Band under the direction of Mark Kays will perform live music.

Silent and live auctions include tropical vacation destinations, autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia, dining and entertainment options, and a variety of other items.

A key portion of the scholarship gala is the Books and Beyond Scholarships for $500 each. As they have for the past several years, Trine board chair and alumnus Rick L. James and his wife, Vicki L. James, and The James Foundation, Inc. are offering a $100,000 matching grant for the scholarships. The unique program was established to help financially disadvantaged students with book vouchers, personal computers, basic school supplies, special project needs and tuition gap assistance.

To reserve tickets, donate an auction item or get sponsorship details, visit or call 260.665.4114 by Feb. 7. Tickets for the evening are $75 for individuals and $150 for couples. The special event is Valentine’s weekend, making it a great way to celebrate.