Save the Date - May 5, 2017
The annual fundraiser of the Westfield State Foundation is an engagingly fun interactive showcase of student achievement.
Dr. Ramon S. Torrecilha and the Westfield State Foundation thank the many generous friends and donors who made our 3rd annual Pathways to Excellence Gala a success.
We are grateful to our principal sponsors, who helped us to raise $350,000 to support programs and initiatives that benefit Westfield State University and its students.
These gifts were matched by a generous donation from philanthropists Brian and Kathy Stevens of Marlborough, Massachusetts, bringing the total amount of donations to more than $700,000.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 on the beautiful campus of Westfield State our guests enjoyed presentations, performances, displays and exhibits spotlighting the University’s past, present and future.
Held on campus in University Hall, Ely Campus Center, and Scanlon Banquet Hall, the evening included an interactive showcase of the work of students from all of the academic disciplines; tours of the renovated library, musical and theatre performances and a live broadcast from the studios of WSKB, the university's radio station. Celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary, the Communication Department lined a corridor with impressive presentations including a hall of fame of noted alumni.
The spectacular dessert finale was held in Scanlon Banquet Hall. Guests were entertained by a performance from pianist Tyler Cook '16, who played a unique version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Spotlighted selections from the Music Department and the Theatre Arts program's acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, "Chicago" rounded out the entertainment!
All in all, this Gala is a wonderfully creative evening with 100% of the proceeds directed to scholarships, internships, programs, initiatives and resources at Westfield State. A total of $700,000 earmarked to fund student scholarships, programs and initiatives across campus, including the new Science and Innovation Center, made Pathways to Excellence, the single largest fundraising event in the history of Westfield State!