Bringing together members of the HWS community from all over the world, the William Smith Centennial Gala was a night filled with tradition, honor, history, music, food and entertainment. Current students, alums, faculty and staff gathered for the event of the century on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Bristol Field House.
“We’re pulling out all stops for the Gala and the entire weekend,” says Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82. “We only have one chance to celebrate turning 100.”
The Gala kicked off with a “Green Carpet” welcome that rivaled the Oscars. On the carpet, Director of Alumni Relations Jared Weeden ’91 and Director of Communications Cathy Williams interviewed guests, a pre-show that was shown live on the Field House’s Big Screen. After making celebrity entrances, guests entered a completely transformed Field House decorated with banners and trees in tribute of Nurseryman William Smith.
“This promises to be the largest event in the history of the Colleges,” says Weeden.
When the lights went down and the Gala got underway, guests enjoyed a film on the Centennial and a program of celebration that includes special performances by 3 Miles Lost, The Hobartones and the Hip~NotiQ’s Step and Dance Team.
Internationally known band Atlas will kick off the party portion of the evening leading to a raucous performance from one of the hottest acts in Upstate New York – President Mark D. Gearan and his Garage Band of faculty and staff.
“We want to remember this night as a proud moment for our alma mater and a reaffirmation of what makes these Colleges, and our unique coordinate tradition, so very special,” says Regan.
This event of the century was about pure enjoyment in the framework of celebrating all that 100 years of William Smith means for everyone invested in these Colleges. “I’d like each and every guest to walk away with sore feet from dancing the night away, sore faces from smiling all weekend and a sense of great pride and confidence for our next 100 years,” says Lauren Shallish ’05, one of the event’s organizers who serves as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.