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The 7th Anniversary Gala
Honoring Mary and Hans Postma

The 7th Anniversary Gala was held on the evening of Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Hylton Center. Following a reception in the Didlake Grand Foyer, the evening opened with a warm welcome by Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Center and Dean of George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, followed by a special presentation on behalf of the U.S. Congress by Congressman Gerry Connolly in honor of Mary and Hans Postma.

More than 360 guests enjoyed a dinner, while being serenaded by a small ensemble from the Youth Orchestras of Prince William. Rick Davis returned after dinner to talk about the growth of the Hylton Center and the new Education and Rehearsal Wing, followed by George Mason University's President Dr. Ángel Cabrera, to discuss the work being done on the Science and Technology Campus in association with the progress of the Faster Farther campaign. Amelia Garcia, co-chair, then made a presentation in honor of Mary and Hans Postma, and Rick Davis presented an award to Mary Postma.

The Gala program then featured a lively auction, where two vacation packages were auctioned off. Barbara Ghadban, co-chair, talked about the Veterans and the Arts Initiative, followed by a quick video regarding the initiative. The auctioneer then led a “Raise Your Paddle” to raise funds for the initiative, which raised over $21,000. After the auction, guests joined an After Party, sponsored by KO Distilling, which included craft cocktails, sweet and savory bites, music and dancing with local band Keynote, a live DJ, a photo station, a Giving Wall, and prizes. All of the proceeds raised will support the performances and programs at the Hylton Center, including our educational programs and Veterans and the Arts Initiative. A portion of the proceeds will also support the Hylton Center’s Endowment, ensuring artistic excellence now and in the years to come.

A Special Thank You to our 7th Anniversary Gala Sponsors & Committee.

Photos of the 7th Anniversary Gala.

Honoring those Who Have Honored Us with Their Service

  • 1st Anniversary Gala Highlights: Honoring Senator Charles J. Colgan
  • 2nd Anniversary Gala Highlights: Honoring Alan C. Merten and Sally L. Merten
  • 3rd Anniversary Gala Highlights:
    Dr. Randall Edwards, Dr. Marvin L. Gillum (in memoriam), & The
    Honorable Kathleen K. Seefeldt
  • 4th Anniversary Gala Highlights: Didlake, John O. Gregory, and Carol Merchant Kirby
  • 5th Anniversary Gala Highlights: Novant Health and Dean William Reeder
  • 6th Anniversary Gala Highlights: NOVEC and Sally Lay

  • For questions or more information on how you can be involved with the Anniversary Gala, please contact:

    Emily Robinson, Assistant Director of Development

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