On Saturday, Dec. 3, Monmouth hosted a modern marquee fundraising event, the Gala at the Great Hall, to raise vital support for the Access Fund, which provides scholarships for students with unmet financial need. More than 350 alumni and friends of the University participated in the event, which in addition to other efforts raised nearly $500,000.
Amidst the grandeur of Monmouth’s beloved historic building, guests enjoyed high-end action stations, craft cocktails, live music, and a program that featured a student speaker and vocal artists.
As part of the celebration, President Patrick F. Leahy paid tribute to Trudy and Charlie Parton ’01HN, recipients of this year’s President’s Medal, which is the highest honor Monmouth can bestow on individuals who have dedicated exemplary time and philanthropy to the University. For nearly 40 years, the Partons have been loyal to advancing Monmouth’s educational mission through philanthropic initiatives and extensive involvement in the campus community.