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Candlelight Ball raises $20,000 for scholarships

Nearly 250 guests attended Austin Peays 20th Anniversary Candlelight Ball Saturday at the Hilton Suites in Nashville. They dined, they danced, and these generous supporters donated more than $20,000 to the Candlelight Ball Scholarship endowment.

After Candlelight Ball Committee Co-Chair Martha Hopson announced the balls sizeable proceeds, APSU President Sherry Hoppe addressed the attendees. I dont know if you realize how important your support is, she said. You truly make a difference.
Nearly 250 guests attended Austin Peay's 20th Anniversary Candlelight Ball Saturday at the Hilton Suites in Nashville. They dined, they danced, and these generous supporters donated more than $20,000 to the Candlelight Ball Scholarship endowment.

After Candlelight Ball Committee Co-Chair Martha Hopson announced the ball's sizeable proceeds, APSU President Sherry Hoppe addressed the attendees. “I don't know if you realize how important your support is,” she said. “You truly make a difference.”

In other Candlelight Ball news, Billy Atkins placed the winning $3,500 bid on the one-of-a-kind pendant designed for the occasion by Terry Cochran of Sites Jewelers. The gold pendant boasted 10 rubies and 10 diamonds in honor of the ball's 20th anniversary.

“The 20th Anniversary Candlelight Ball was very special,” says Sharon Silva, development officer and scholarship manager for University advancement. “The Candlelight Ball Committee did an excellent job planning and carrying out the event.

“We heard many, many positive comments on everything from the food to the accommodations. It was an elegant event.”
—Rebecca Mackey