The third annual Legacy Gala will take place Saturday, April 10, 2010, in the Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer. Your donations of memorabilia or luxury items for the Legacy Gala Silent Auction would be appreciated.

The Legacy Gala celebrates IUP's connection with the Pittsburgh region and recognizes leaders in the areas of alumni achievement and civic service.

Proceeds from this black-tie affair benefit the University Fund for Academic Excellence. This fund is used for academic, programmatic, and experiential expenses that benefit our students, particularly in expanding their opportunities beyond the classroom. Examples include scholarships, travel and expenses related to conference presentations, research supplies and equipment, and classroom materials.

The goal of this year's gala is to raise a minimum of $100,000 in charitable contributions for the fund. A successful silent auction is crucial to achieving this goal.

Examples of auction items that have been donated in the past are

  • Visit for four to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, including some autographs, VIP viewing, and a cookout
  • Golf outings
  • Paintings, vases, and other artwork
  • Jet-boat trip through the Niagara Gorge
  • Outdoor landscape and architectural lighting system
  • Spa package
  • Autographed Steelers memorabilia
  • Gettysburg trip
  • Suite for a Pittsburgh Pirates game
  • Gift baskets
  • White-water rafting trip

We have been fortunate to offer several unique items that our alumni, employees, and other IUP family members have arranged through their vast connections. These types of donations are deeply appreciated.

Companies donating auction items will be listed on the Legacy Gala website, with a link to their business's website. They will also receive recognition throughout the event and will be identified next to the auction item, in the auction pamphlet, and in the event program. The silent auction begins on line and continues during the Legacy Gala.

To donate an auction item, contact Debra Valentine-Gray, director of Regional Advancement, by e-mail at or by phone at 412-258-2524.

Other ways in which you can support the Legacy Gala are by attending the event (table purchases are encouraged) or becoming a gala sponsor.

To be placed on the mailing list for this event, please call 724-357-2145 or send an e-mail to

Legacy Gala Schedule

The Legacy Gala schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m., cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction
  • 7:30 p.m., dinner and presentation of Presidential Legacy Awards
  • 9:00 p.m., music and dancing

The event is hosted by Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president, and his wife, Dr. Beverly Roberts-Atwater.