The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s signature scholarship event returned in November after postponements prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Black and Gold Scholarship Ball—the culminating event of UWO’s sesquicentennial—was held Nov. 13 at the Gibson Social Club in Oshkosh.
“The Black and Gold Scholarship Ball was a joy to experience and a true success in generating support for UWO students,” Chancellor Andy Leavitt said. “We are so grateful for the community of benefactors who keep this 150-year-old institution and beacon alight.”
The evening brought about 175 people to town and raised $50,000 that will go directly toward supporting scholarships for students.
“Students need us more than ever, and we need them more than ever to help our country and world bounce back from historic adversity,” Leavitt said. “Donors’ generosity is the thing that helps keep Titans in college and on the path toward degrees and resilient futures. It’s also an investment in our Main streets, our communities, our region and state.”
Oshkosh Corp. served as this year’s presenting sponsor. Amcor, Thomas A Plein Foundation, Aurora Health Care, Graystone Consulting, McCarty Law LLP, Associated Bank, Bank First, Clifton Larson Allen Wealth Advisors, Prospera Credit Union and Werner Electric also made the event possible through sponsorship support.
Brooke (Buntrock) Tabbert ’04, UW Oshkosh Alumni Association president, and Amanda Betts-Regina ’10, led attendees through the fundraising portion of the evening by encouraging guests to raise their paddles to give money to support Titan students. A silent auction was held throughout the event.
The evening concluded with music by the Big Band Reunion with Marty Robinson, UWO professor of jazz and trumpet. The 18-person big band, based in the Fox Valley, also included Titan alumni Brad Curran ’89, Adam DuVall ’16, Erin Krebs ’03, and Mark Te Tai ’00.
Missed the ball? You can still support UW Oshkosh student scholarships. Donate today at uwo.sh/give.