Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State's biggest annual fundraiser, Jewels of the Night, once again lived up to its twin billing as the athletic departments biggest party and money-maker, raising over $120,000 in support of student-athlete scholarships in its 23rd year.
Over 700 people came to the Beach for Jewels of the Night, as the Walter Pyramid underwent its annual transformation. All proceeds from the event directly support scholarships for the nearly 350 Long Beach State student-athletes.
Darren McCaughan of the Dirtbags and Ashton McKeown of Women's Soccer were asked to share what that support has meant to their goals of graduation as well as succeeding in competition.
Additionally, attendees were treated to an outstanding array of food and beverages from over 25 local restaurants, and met new Athletics Director Andy Fee, who was in attendance along with University President Jane Close Conoley.
"What a way to get my introduction to the Beach as Athletics Director," said Fee. "The support of our community is crucial for our success, and Jewels of the Night is a special way to both thank and connect with those who make the accomplishments of our student-athletes in the classroom and in competition possible."
Thanks to the generosity of the community, nearly 250 different items and packages were up for auction through both a silent and live auction. The evening then continued with dancing and entertainment with music provided by Randy Retama & DJ B-Rokk.
Long Beach State would like to extend its appreciation for everyone on this year's Jewels of the Night Committee, with a special nod to our co-chairs Matt Peterson and Sofia Riley.
Blair Field Project
The arms race refers to the escalating investments being made in college athletic facilities throughout the country. Some universities invest millions in an effort to secure bragging rights. While we are donor centric and will respond appropriately to interest and capacity for any of our facilities, we have three major facility campaigns at present.
UL - Blair Field Renovation Project
Athletic Performance Complex
Track & Field Complex
The Athletics Legacy Society is the Department's recognition program for donors who make estate gifts in support of our athletic programs.