Over $17K raised at virtual Homecoming Breakfast

by Matt Jardin  |   

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On Oct. 9, more than 140 UAA graduates joined the Homecoming Breakfast from across the country to reconnect with their university and to honor this year’s four Alumni of Achievement. In just one hour, the gathered alumni raised over $17,000 in donations, sponsorships and gift matches to benefit UAA programs and scholarships, all before 9 a.m.

Typically a ticketed event taking place at the Alaska Airlines Center — which is currently a coronavirus medical facility — this year’s Homecoming Breakfast made the familiar transition to an online event. Thanks to sponsorships from R&M Consultants, Neeser Construction, ATS Alaska, Northrim Bank and 2Core Films, the event was open to the entirety of Seawolf Nation.

Despite the change, the early morning alumni celebration featured many of the hallmarks of an in-person Homecoming Breakfast, including a performance of the alma mater by the UAA Glee Club, an address from Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and messages of thanks and encouragement from the university’s community partners, including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

This year, the UAA Alumni Association was thrilled to welcome keynote speaker and alumnus Ragu Bhargava, B.B.A. Accounting '88, to share his story of success through philanthropy. Bhargava is the CEO and co-founder of Global Upside, Inc. An experienced, award-winning entrepreneur and executive, he has helped clients successfully navigate some of the world’s trickiest business environments.

It's not too late to make a donation to support student success. Text "ALUMNI" to 91999 by Friday, Oct. 16 to make your contribution!

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