MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

January 12, 2019

Experience a night in New York at the Glitz & Glam Gala

The Glitz & Glam Gala is planned for Saturday, Feb. 2 at Mayville State University. We’re very excited about this new event that is being held to raise funds for Mayville State University and its students! The plan is for the annual Glitz & Glam Gala to take those who attend on an entertaining journey for a good cause. This year’s stop is New York. We’re grateful to our overall event sponsor, Gate City Bank, for stepping up and helping to make it happen. A number of other sponsors are helping to underwrite costs as well and we sincerely appreciate this support.

The evening will begin with a social on the streets of New York City, also known as the Mayville State Campus Center Foyer. The experience will include photo ops, street food appetizers, and entertainment of all kinds. Guests will enjoy all of this while sipping on a signature martini that is being offered as a special fundraiser and served in a commemorative glass that will be theirs to keep.

Jazz on Tap, a group of musicians from Grand Forks who have performed at Mayville State on several occasions, will be playing in the Campus Center Luckasen Room throughout the social time and as the dinner begins. Our own Mayville State alumnus, Kris Eylands, is a member of this group, and we look forward to hearing the wonderful music we know they will provide.

Dinner will be a sit-down, served meal of prime rib, along with other New York-style side dishes, topped off with a piece of delicious New York cheesecake. Mayville State’s dining services director Bryan Karolus is our chef for the night. He and his team will be working hard to assure that everyone enjoys a fantastic meal. Members of the MSU softball team will serve as wait staff.

The excitement of a live auction will be unleashed after dinner. The auction will contain a handful of items that are sure to please. The item listing includes a trip for two to New York, where the purchaser can see a Broadway show and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. A Mayville State-themed pallet bar and eight bar stools will be a hit in your man cave. Along with the bar and stools, the purchaser will get a nice gift certificate that can be used to stock the bar. Vikings fans will be all over the chance to buy tickets to a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. This package includes airfare. We’ve just learned that Merwin Lyng’s vintage Comet-themed bicycle built for two will also be sold. How fun would it be to own this piece of history? This is just a sampling of what will be available, as there will be several other fabulous auction items on the block.

The afterglow of this night in New York will begin about 8:30 p.m., when guests can snack on New York style pizza, enjoy music, socialize with friends, and await the unveiling of next year’s location for the Glitz & Glam Gala. DJ Lute Simley will be playing music at this time. People can visit and just enjoy listening to the music, or get out and cut a rug.

Tickets for the Glitz & Glam Gala sell for $75 each. Ticket price includes dinner, Park Avenue bingo playing cards and an opportunity to win some super prizes, and your name entered into drawings for more than a total of $1,000 in cash. Because Mayville State students are the beneficiaries of the event, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and interact with several of them throughout the evening. All proceeds from the Glitz & Glam Gala will benefit Comet Athletics, the MSU Alumni Association, and the MSU Foundation to support through their work to raise scholarship dollars. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, go to or call 701-788-4864.

I hope you’ll plan to join us on Feb. 2 for what we know will be an outstanding evening in Mayville. We have made arrangements to provide rides home to those who wish. We’re pulling out all the stops to make sure all who attend will experience an evening of complete enjoyment while supporting a great cause, Mayville State University and its students.