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Virtual NightinGala to Support Student Scholarships amid Pandemic

The 12 annual NightinGala will bring together alumni, donors, students, parents, and friends of the College of Nursing to participate in a virtual fundraising event. The event will take place November 13-20, ending with a virtual live stream event. The event will feature a silent auction with over 200 items, live auction, fund-a-cause, and presentation of the Dr. Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni Award and the Volunteer Nurse Champion Award. The virtual live stream event will also feature a surprise guest performance you don’t want to miss.

“Now, more than ever, when nurses are so desperately needed to provide care on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, we need to support our students to be best prepared for the future workforce,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “In raising money to support student scholarships, we will ease the stress associated with the financial burden and allow students to focus more directly on their studies.”

Last year, more than 300 alumni and friends who gathered at the NightinGala fundraiser to show their appreciation and support for the college and helped raise more than $90,000. The college was able to distribute over 20 scholarships with funds raised at last year’s event.

“The NightinGala Scholarship has helped allow me to continue attendance at my beloved alma matter, receive an excellent education, and pursue my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. This scholarship has helped alleviate a heavy financial burden and allowed me to give greater focus to my education and future practice,” said Savannah Clay, DNP student and recipient of the NightinGala scholarship. “The generosity I have received from donors and this event will help make this possible!”

Sponsors for the NightinGala include BarberMcMurry Architects, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, UT Medical Center, The Phillip’s Family, Partners Development, Food City, Johnson Architecture and SLAM Collaborative.

The Silent Auction will open at 8:00am on Friday, November 13 and run through Friday, November 20. The Live Stream Event will begin at 7pm on Friday, November 20. The event is free to attend, and is open to the public.

The NightinGala will be powered by HandBid. HandBid is a mobile-bidding platform that allows you to bid from your smartphone or from iPads. Just download the Handbid app to your iPhone or Android, complete your profile information, select NightinGala from the list of auctions, tap Register, then swipe from right to left to enter the auction. Registration can also be completed online at



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