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GSA Kicks Off 50th Anniversary with Casino Night

Casino Night 16-05460281 CROPPEDThe Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) will kick off its 50th Anniversary Year with Casino Night, the organization’s signature, annual fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 4. Presented in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, this year’s event will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of Scandling Campus Center. The title event sponsor is Belhurst Castle.

This year, partnership from del Lago Resort & Casino will provide an increased gaming atmosphere thanks to del Lago staff who will volunteer their time and the Casino who will supply tables and other gaming equipment for the evening.

GSA began in 1968 when then-HWS President Albert E. Holland partnered with local business owners Neil Marvin, Leonard Kornet, Pete Albert, Ed Cuony, John Parrott Sr., Don Pierrepont, Frank Pullano, Castner Rapalee, Fred Reynolds, Bob Saunderson, Wilbur Smith and Bill Whitwell Sr. to create a way to provide scholarship support for Geneva High School and DeSales High School graduates with financial need to attend HWS.

Today, that partnership continues to exemplify the many collaborative efforts that underscore the significant relationship between the Geneva community and the Colleges. Since its inception 50 years ago, the community-driven organization has provided scholarship assistance to more than 195 Geneva youth. This past academic year, 33 students from Geneva attended the Colleges, and received more than $1.4 million in GSA funding and other financial aid.

As the GSA celebrates its 50th year of providing students of promise with access to one of the best undergraduate liberal arts educations in the country, the organization’s Board is developing a plan to highlight GSA’s impact over the years, as well as engage GSA families and the community to support the fund and participate in special anniversary events.

The evening of gaming brings together current and past GSA scholarship recipients and their families, the GSA Board of Directors, Geneva residents, supporters and members of the HWS faculty and staff. Tickets are $30 and may be used for gaming or converted into tickets for raffle prizes. Tickets are available in advance at the HWS Office of Advancement, from GSA Board members, or those interested can register online. All proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go directly to the GSA.

Contact Sarah Wethey Heieck ’97 with questions or for information about donating raffle prizes at (585) 329-1225 or