June 25, 2013

Grambling State University Announces Third Annual Beacon Awards Gala

Event will be held at Monroe Convention Center; nominations are being accepted until August 2

Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue, left, and Helen Godfrey-Smith, right.
Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue, left, and
president and CEO of the Shreveport Federal Credit Union and gala chair Helen Godfrey-Smith, right.

Grambling, LA – Grambling State University will host its annual Beacon Awards Gala in early September, honoring individuals and organizations committed to strong character, high ethical standards and the community or university. Nominations are being accepted.

The selected honorees will be recognized at the third annual Grambling University Awards Gala on September 6 in the Convention Hall Ballroom at the Monroe Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. The Beacon Awards also recognize those dedicated to philanthropy, humanitarianism and substantial contributions to society in specific categories. The gala, formerly known as the Port City Gala when held in Shreveport, is expected to attract new audiences as well as longtime friends of the university.

“Our university continues to reach out to area businesses, organizations and individuals to further the educational mission of the university,” said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “We’re reaching out across northern Louisiana, but this year we have a focus on Monroe and West Monroe as well as other Ouachita and Lincoln parish communities as we celebrate all that Grambling State has done for this area – and all that the university is going to do.”

“Our Grambling State University family is thrilled that we’ll be bringing the annual Beacon Awards gala to the Twin Cities of Monroe and West Monroe this year,” said Helen Godfrey-Smith, chair of the annual event, chair of the Grambling University Foundation and president and CEO of the Shreveport Federal Credit Union. “The gala is quickly becoming a must-attend event, and we look forward to seeing people from across northern Louisiana coming out to have a good time and to support the university.”

Leon Sanders, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement, said the university has been impressed with the quality of Beacon Award winners the last two years and is expecting an equally strong group of honorees. Anyone can nominate candidates, as long as those nominated meet the 2013 Beacon Awards criteria. All nominations must follow the guidelines provided with the nomination form, and the official form must be used. All nominees must be of good character and committed to high ethical standards; committed to philanthropy and humanitarism and must have made substantial contributions to society and/or Grambling State University in the category in which s/he is nominated. Nominations of individuals can be made in arts and culture; athletics; business and industry; community development and civil rights; community service; education and public service. In addition, a business with more than 10 employees may be nominated if the business has served as a trendsetter for other businesses.

Nominations are due by August 2 and can be submitted electronically by emailing advancement@gram.edu or mailing to: Office of Institutional Advancement, c/o Rose Wright, P.O. Box 4236, Grambling, La., 71245. To purchase tickets, get more information about the Sept. 6 gala event or to find out more about the Beacon Award nominations, visit www.gram.edu or contact Wright at 318-274-2217.

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