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Candlelight Ball

Candlelight Ball is an Austin Peay State University tradition with a proud history as one of APSU’s premier community events.

Thirty-one years ago, Wendell H.  Gilbert saw the opportunity to raise funds for deserving students who needed academic financial support.

A retired Army brigadier general and former APSU vice president for development and university relations, Wendell H. Gilbert is the founder of the signature Candlelight Ball….he depicts what it means to be a “true Governor”.  Because of his passion and the support from APSU alumni and friends, this event has raised over $360,000 in scholarship funds. Proceeds from the Candlelight Ball continue to raise funds for scholarships. Over 22 APSU students have been provided financial assistance and scholarships because of the generosity of our underwriters and guests.

Proceeds of the ball have…

  • Supported the restoration/ renovation of the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill
  • Provided financial support for the APSU Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Funded the establishment of a scholarship endowment that continues to benefit deserving student recipients. Over $360,000 in scholarship funds have been raised.

Austin Peay State University’s 33rd Annual Candlelight Ball – Hilton Nashville Downtown

March 11, 2017

Cocktail Hour: 6 p.m.

Dinner and Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m.

Dancing: 8 p.m. (To the music of Burning Las Vegas)


For more information or to rsvp, call the APSU Alumni Office at 931-221-7979.

33rd Annual Candlelight Ball

Hotel Information

The Candlelight Ball Committee has setup group rate rooms for you and our 2017 Candlelight Ball guests.

Information on Austin Peay Room Blocks is listed below. Please make your room reservation soon. Spaces are filling up quickly.

Hilton Nashville Downtown

615-620-1000

*Ask for Austin Peay State University Room Block*

 

For questions, please call the APSU Alumni Office at 931-221-7979.


 

2016-17 Candlelight Ball Committee

Co-Chair: Fran Jenkins• Co-Chair: Christina Clark• Pam Loos, Nicole Aquino Williamson, Brittney Campbell, Kimberly Silvus, Candy Johnson, Ashley Harvey Jackson, Cindy Greene, Adrienne Beech, Sally Allen, Kathryn Minniehan, Kayla Morgan, Stephanie Lanham, Andrea Goble, Adrienne Beasley, Betsy Baggett, Taylor Hopson. 

Thank you to the following 2017 Candlelight Ball Underwriters


Sponsorship Levels

Platinum - $5,000  

Table sponsor, 20 individual admissions, two reserved tables, listed in program and on Alumni website

 

Gold - $ 2,500 

Table sponsor, 10 individual admissions, one reserved table, listed in program and on Alumni website

 

Silver - $ 1,000 

Reserved table, listed in program, admissions paid separately

 

Red- $ 500     

Listed in program, admissions paid separately

 

Your contribution should be made payable to Austin Peay State University and is tax deductible.  Commitments should be paid in full by the end of March, 2016.  Commitments may be paid in multiple payments or one lump sum. 

Payment may be sent to:

Austin Peay State University Alumni Relations Office

PO BOX 4676

Clarksville, TN 37044

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (931) 221-7979.


Candlelight Ball Awards

 

Wendell H. Gilbert Award

The Candlelight Ball Award honors a person who has:

Significantly contributed to Austin Peay State University by sustained service

Or

Has made a significant contribution to the university

Or

Has brought recognition to the university by his/her success

The honoree exemplifies excellence and integrity and has inspired others by his/her accomplishments.

 

Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is given to an individual who has:

Significantly contributed to Austin Peay State University by sustained service

Or

 Has made a significant contribution to the university

Or

Has brought recognition to the university by his/her success

The honoree exemplifies excellence and integrity and has inspired others by his/her accomplishments.

To nominate an individual for one of the above Candlelight Ball Awards please visit http://www.apsu.edu/alumni/candlelight-ball-awards-nomination-form


 Candlelight Ball Scholarship

 

Amount: Up to $1000 per year                                                                                                              Deadline: 3/1/2017                                                                                                                            Eligibility: Incoming freshman and current APSU students, standards set by APSUNAA                  Work10 hours on events                                                                                                                  Renewable: Yes                                                                                                                               Process: APSU Online Scholarship Application at http://www.apsu.edu/scholarships and submit essay and letter of recommendation to address provided below.
Contact: Alumni Relations Office | 931-221-7979

This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen and current APSU students. Recipient must be full-time and have minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipient will be required to work 10 hours on events. A one to two page essay on the importance of volunteerism and one letter of recommendation (preferably from a teacher or professor) are require. Prior to March 1st, both the essay and recommendation should be sent to: APSU, Candlelight Ball Scholarships, P. O. Box 4676, Clarksville, TN 37044.