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What is the Distinguished Alumnus Award?

Established in 1962, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. The award is jointly sponsored by The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M to recognize those former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought great honor and distinction to Texas A&M. Since its inception, 281 Aggies have been recognized for their significant contributions to their professions, Texas A&M University and their local communities.

What is the Distinguished Alumni Gala?

The Distinguished Alumni Gala is one of the most anticipated and prestigious events on the Texas A&M campus. In addition to honoring the 2018 Distinguished Alumni at this premier event, we will also celebrate all prior year honorees of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The event will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a formal three-course dinner and an Oscar-inspired awards presentation.

Where will the Distinguished Alumni Gala be held?

The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on the floor of Reed Arena which is located on the Texas A&M University campus.

What time will the Distinguished Alumni Gala begin and end?

The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow. The program will conclude around 10:15 p.m.

What is the attire?

The attire for this prestigious event is black-tie. Most men will be dressed in a tuxedo with ladies wearing a formal evening dress. For planning purposes, guests will take either an elevator or stairs to the floor of Reed Arena.

Is the invitation list restricted to certain individuals or is it open to everyone?

While the Distinguished Alumni Gala is a ticketed event, all current students, former students, friends of Texas A&M University are welcome to purchase a ticket or a table to this premier event.

How are individual tickets and table packages sold?

Tickets and table packages may be purchased online at www.AggieNetwork.com/DistinguishedAlumniGala until August 27th or until the event has reached maximum capacity. 

What are the table packages?

EXCELLENCE – $25,000

  • Premier table for ten (10) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Private tour of Balfour for up to ten (10) Aggies to see how the cherished Aggie Ring is made. Transportation to Austin is not included.
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) mutually agreed-upon conference game during the 2019 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from and a decision must be made by December 21, 2018. Twelve (12) seats and two (2) reserved parking spaces available.
  • Two (2) reserved parking spaces for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2018 football season.
  • Four (4) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on October 6, 2018.
  • Ten (10) VIP passes to Midnight Yell on October 5, 2018 following the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Two (2) premier parking spots available the night of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Full-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

 

 INTEGRITY – $15,000

  • Premier table for ten (10) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) mutually agreed-upon non-conference weekend game (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) during the 2019 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from and a decision must be made by December 21, 2018. Twelve (12) seats and two reserved (2) parking spaces available.
  • Two (2) reserved parking spaces for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2018 football season.
  • Four (4) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on October 6, 2018.
  • Six (6) VIP passes to Midnight Yell on October 5, 2018 following the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Two (2) premier parking spots available the night of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Full-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.

  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

LEADERSHIP – $10,000

  • Prime placement of table for eight (8) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Use of The Association’s suite in Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park for one (1) non-conference, weekday (Monday – Thursday) mutually agreed-upon game during the 2019 baseball season. Three dates will be available for the sponsor to select from and a decision must be made by December 21, 2018. Twelve (12) seats and two (2) reserved parking spaces available.
  • One (1) reserved parking space for each home game at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center during the 2019 football season.
  • Two (2) tickets to The Association’s private pregame reception on October 6, 2018.
  • One (1) premier parking spot available the night of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Half-page logo/name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine with same special message from the sponsor that is included in the Gala program.
  • Logo/name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Logo/name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

LOYALTY – $7,500

  • Reserved placement of table for eight (8) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala
  • Name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine.

  • Name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com

  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.

  • Logo screen presence during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.

  • Name recognition and special message in the printed Gala program.
  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

RESPECT – $5,000

  • Reserved placement of table for eight (8) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Name recognition in Texas Aggie magazine.
  • Name recognition in AggieNews and on AggieNetwork.com.
  • Verbal recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Name recognition in the printed Gala program.
  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

SELFLESS SERVICE – $3,000

  • Reserved placement of table for eight (8) at the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
  • Name recognition in the printed Gala program.

  • ‘Distinguished Alumni Gala Sponsor’ bar for the sponsor’s Century Club plaque.

Cancellation Policy

  • Transfer of table and ticket purchases are permitted.
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, August 27th or until maximum capacity is reached.
  • Before August 27th – 100% refund
  • August 28 – September 10th – 50% refund
  • After September 11th – We are unable to provide a refund as event numbers have already been confirmed

If I purchase a table, do I need to give The Association the names of my guests? If so, why?

Yes – We ask for the names and class years of all guests seated at your table to 1) ensure your guests are not on someone else’s guest list and already seated at another table, and 2) prepare table escort cards that will be handed to all guests when they arrive at the Gala so they know where to sit during the event. To ensure proper planning, it is imperative that we receive your guest names by August 27, 2018. 

I have a dietary restriction… can you accommodate my needs?

Yes – The caterer is able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please make note of your dietary restriction(s) on your registration form so we can inform the caterer. Given all guests will be seated at assigned tables, the caterer will know which table you are seated at. Please be specific about your needs. 

I have a physical challenge… can you accommodate me?

Yes – The Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on the floor of Reed Arena. In addition to guests taking the stairs down to the floor, elevators are available. If you require additional assistance, please contact Jamie Souza '17 at Gala@AggieNetwork.com.

Where do I park?

Preferred parking locations are in Lots 102, 100a, and 100g.  All parking lots are accessible via Kimbrough Blvd., Tom Chandler or Olsen Blvd. Please use the North, East or Main Entrance facing Kyle Field. Additional parking is located in Lots 100b, 100c and 100f.

View Parking Information

 

How do I nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumnus Award?

Nominations for 2019 are being currently accepted and will remain open until October 5, 2018 at 5:00p.m., If you need additional information, please contact Lisa Ashorn at The Association of Former Students at 979-845-7514 or LAshorn@AggieNetwork.com.

View the criteria and online nomination form.

How do I find photos from the Distinguished Alumnus Gala?

Photos taken at the Distinguished Alumni Gala will be available online at tx.ag/Gala two weeks after the event.


Who do I contact if I have any questions?

  • For questions regarding the Distinguished Alumni Gala including information on purchasing individual tickets, table packages, parking or directions to Reed Arena, please contact:
    Jamie Souza '17, Coordinator of Events
    Hannah Johnston ’11, Director of Events
    979-845-7514
    Gala@AggieNetwork.com
  • For questions regarding the 2016 Distinguished Alumni as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award nomination process, please contact:
    Lisa Ashorn, Marketing and Programs Assistant
    979-845-7514
    LAshorn@AggieNetwork.com
  • For media inquiries regarding the Distinguished Alumni Gala, please contact:
    Kathryn Greenwade ’88, Vice President
    979-845-7514
    KGreenwade88@AggieNetwork.com
Address

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College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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