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Gala celebrates student success, community connections

The President’s Celebration became the Green & Blue Celebration this year, a move made to redirect the focus on the community.

The reason, said FGCU President Mike Martin, is that it’s “a name that more accurately captures the essence of this special night. This evening we celebrate the university and the community that has helped make it the remarkable institution it is today.

“It is a name that encompasses the community, our generous donors and sponsors, our faculty, staff and students, all of whom are critically important to the continued success of the university – all of whom are proudly part of the Green & Blue.”

Some 350 people, dressed in their black- tie best, filled Alico Arena on Feb. 16 for a night of dining, dancing, fundraising and inspiration. The arena, normally the site of cheering basketball fans, had been elegantly transformed with white curtains and blue and green lights, musicians and tables with ornate centerpieces.

Much of the evening’s inspiration came from a presentation by FGCU professors and cancer researchers Kerry Lee and Lyndsay Rhodes and their student researchers, Ivie Patino, Xylia Horgan, Mackenzie Grubb
and Duneshka Moran-Deleon, who gave a multimedia presentation about their research involving nanoparticles in treating breast cancer. Their presentation was excerpted from the university’s new Research Roadshow.

The event raised more than $400,000 for scholarships and student success at FGCU.


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