Texas Southern University Raises $1.2 Million at Annual Maroon & Gray Affair

Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2019

Texas Southern University (TSU) hosted its third annual Maroon & Gray Affair on Saturday, April 27 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston. The gala raised a record $1.2 million for student scholarships.
“The Texas Southern University community has delivered a strong helping hand through this event to students who are on their way to graduation,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane. “This unparalleled generosity means that young people can concentrate and stay on a strong academic path to become leaders in today’s ever-changing society.”
Texas Southern alumni and students were honored during Saturday’s sold-out event. Gerald Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Smith Graham and Chairman of the TSU Foundation Board, and Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers (D-District 113), were feted as Outstanding TSU Alumni. Orlando Sutton Jr. and Lashawn Hamb, Mr. and Miss Texas Southern University, were recognized as TSU’s Outstanding Students. Eight female graduates (Ronnisha Bowman, Sharon Burney, Linda Dunson, Tonia Finch, Angela Graves – Harrington, Erica Hughes, Germaine Tanner, LaShawn Williams) of the TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law who made history by earning judgeships in Harris County received the Heart & Soul Spirit Award. “We are proud to celebrate our students and alumni in such a dynamic way,” said Loren Lane, first lady of Texas Southern University.
The event is the signature, annual fundraiser for Texas Southern University and has grown in attendance and total dollars raised over the past three years. “We are very grateful for the financial support of our sponsors, alumni and friends to help provide emergency scholarship assistance for our students,” said Melinda Spaulding, Vice President for University Advancement.
"The TSU Foundation is proud to support the mission of the University. I would like to congratulate the host committee and everyone else who helped to make the gala a success and thank them for their efforts for our students," said Gerald Smith, Chairman of the TSU Foundation Board.
Maroon & Gray Affair guests were entertained by hit-making R&B trio SWV (“Weak,” “Right Here”) and Grammy Award-winning disc jockey and music producer Kid Capri (Def Comedy Jam), and TSU’s Ocean of Soul marching band. Emcees were Billy Sorrells, comedian and TSU alumnus, and Syan Rhodes, weekend anchor at KPRC Houston.

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