GRAMBLING, La. — This Labor Day weekend is sure to be one to remember. Gramblinites and friends of Grambling State University (GSU) will converge in the twin cities of Shreveport-Bossier City for the Second Annual Port City Classic. Kicking off the weekend in style will be GSU’s Port City Gala taking place in the Captain Ballroom of the Shreveport Convention Center on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. Many of Shreveport-Bossier City’s finest citizens, including business and community leaders, will be in attendance.
The event will be a forum for not only celebrating GSU’s 110 years of tradition, service and excellence, but also recognizing the contributions of a select few outstanding citizens of the region and alumni of the University. The Beacon Award, the University’s highest non-academic honor, will be presented to individuals who have made a significant difference to the lives of others in communities across the nation in seven categories: Arts & Culture, Athletics, Business and Industry, Community Development/Civil Rights, Community Service, Education, and Public Service.
A celebration will not be a gala affair without entertainment. Entertainment for the evening will be headlined by R&B sensation, Mary Griffin who is known for her sultry performances, and Country & Western singer Miko Marks. Both performers are alumnae of Grambling State University who have won international acclaim in their respective musical genre. “We are expecting a spectacular evening of glamour, humor, fun and of course, scholarship dollars to entice more regional students to attend Grambling State University” says Mrs. Helen Godfrey Smith, President of Shreveport Federal Credit Union, who also serves as the Port City Gala Committee Chair and Chair of the Grambling University Foundation.
The Gala will surely be the biggest event to hit the twin cities in a long time. According to Dr. Kenoye Eke, Sr., Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, “the Gala and the entire Port City Classic Weekend will serve as a much-needed boost to the local economy, adding to the $285 million economic impact that Grambling State University has on Louisiana’s economy annually.”
Grambling State University emerged from the desire of African-American farmers in rural north Louisiana who wanted to educate Black children in the northern and western parts of the state. The University has grown from its humble beginnings to a comprehensive university serving 5,000 students from across the nation and 38 foreign countries, offering a broad spectrum of degree programs from the baccalaureate to the doctorate degrees.
Tickets for the Gala are available at GSU’s Office of Institutional Advancement. The VIP tickets cost $110 per person, a portion of which will count as a donation to Grambling State University. The Advancement Office is open for ticket sales from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays. For telephone inquiries call 318-274-2217.
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