Gala Breaks Record for Scholarship Donations

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Header caption: Mother and daughter Lindsey and Tammy Horner, both Northwood graduates, spend time together at the Gala.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) has had a classy kickoff to Auto Show weekend in the signature event, the Auto Show Gala.

The 2017 Gala was the most successful to date, raising more than $111,000 for two scholarship endowments – the Town & Campus and the Alumni Legacy Student scholarships – while providing a festive night to more than 200 friends of Northwood.

“It is a big family reunion,” said Jennifer Williams ('83), Gala co-chair. “People love it. They love the whole atmosphere. The food. The drinks. The band. The dancing. Most importantly, the fellowship shared and coming together to support our students.”

CDK Global was the presenting sponsor for the Gala, leading the way to breaking the record for donations. CDK Global provides auto dealer software as well as solutions for truck, motorcycle, marine, and RV dealers throughout North America and beyond.

Jennifer ('83) and Graham Williams, parents of 2016 Northwood graduate Griffin Williams, chaired the event.

“We are grateful for the support of our donors, friends, and our dedicated committee that was led by Jennifer and Graham Williams,” Summers said, pointing out that work has already begun on the next Gala.

"There’s no better way to look back and pay it forward than attending Auto Show Gala," added Williams. "This event enables you to “bond” with fellow alumni and faculty and most importantly, raises monies to enable student scholarships for the next generation to attend Northwood. Great food, great music, a great time. Don’t miss 2018!”