ISHTM gala honors vets and FDU’s 75th anniversary

By Katherine Lester and Christina Perrone

This year’s annual scholarship gala, sponsored by the FDU's International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was held on Sunday April 30, 2017. This year we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of Fairleigh Dickinson University and our program by taking guests back to the World War II U.S. home front.

ishtm groupEvery student in the program, which is based on three campuses, contributed to the planning and execution of the scholarship gala. It was truly their time to come together and demonstrate what they learned and are capable of executing.

The gala began with a short patriotic parade beginning in front of the Monninger Center and moved to Hennessy Hall. Featured guests were four grand marshals from WWII and veterans of other wars. We  learned parades were gathering places and communal events during World War II and often celebrated the return of a soldier. We wanted to bring this same sense of patriotism and hospitality to campus to celebrate the University’s anniversary.

A silent auction and tricky tray were held in Lenfell Hall. Our students worked hard gathering more than 200 items as silent auction and tricky tray prizes, and in the process learned valuable sales and marketing techniques, which can carry over to a future job.

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Having the chance to plan and execute this event was an amazing experience that our program is well-known for. Throughout many challenges we faced throughout the year, we always found a way to overcome and re-strategize our vision. Planning and dedication was a tireless effort from the entire hospitality school. After a year in the planning, we thank our professors for offering support and teaching us the skills we needed to present a gala of such magnitude.

Proceeds from the gala event support student scholarships.