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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.

Twenty-nine 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 $350,000 in scholarship funds. Proceeds from the Candlelight Ball continue to raise funds for scholarships. Over 20 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 $350,000 in scholarship funds have been raised.

Austin Peay State University’s 31st Annual Candlelight Ball – Hilton Nashville Downtown

March 14, 2015

Cocktail Hour: 6 p.m.

Dinner and Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m.

Dancing: 8 p.m. (To the music of 80's cover band, Guilty Pleasures)


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


 

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2014-15 Candlelight Ball Committee

Co-Chair: Mary Luther• Co-Chair: Andrea Goble• Margaret Lyle, Pam Loos, Fran Jenkins, Nicole Aquino Williamson, Brittney Campbell, Brittney Reigle, Kimberly Silvus, Candy Johnson, Ashley Harvey Jackson, Cindy Greene


January 13, 2015

Candlelight Ball Awards Luncheon

F&M Bank

Beginning in 2011, two individuals were honored and recognized for their outstanding achievement, contribution or recognition they have brought to Austin Peay. These are very exciting and meaningful awards and we are excited to have two outstanding and deserving individuals. This year's Wendell H. Gilbert Award recipient and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award recipient will be announced at a Luncheon held on Jan. 13, 2015 at F&M Bank.

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


Sponsorship Information

We will again be offering the opportunity for sponsors.

On behalf of the Candlelight Ball Committee, we would like to thank the following 2015 sponsors

31st Anniversary Candlelight Ball Sponsors

F&M Bank

Legends Bank

Planters Bank

Heritage Bank

WJZM & WVRY

McReynolds Nave & Larson

Leaf Chronicle

Active Screen Graphics

Budweiser of Clarksville

Table Hosts

Mayor Jim Durrett

Dave & Phyllis Loos

Lee Peterson

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, 2012.  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 is 42 years of age or younger and 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.

 

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: 3/1/2015                                                                                                                            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.