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Young Alumni Committee to host Blue Moon Masquerade

By William Young
On April 19, 2012

The Young Alumni Committee and Frosh Camp Alumni will co-sponsor an event Saturday to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of The University of Memphis.

A masquerade ball will take place at 6 p.m. at the Madison Hotel at 79 Madison Avenue. There will be music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for guests.

"We hope this event shows Alumni that there are ways to be involved with The University past graduation," said James Fyke, YAC special events chair.

Fyke came up with the name Blue Moon Masquerade because the event will take place on the Madison Hotel rooftop.

"I thought the moon and Tiger Blue would go well together," he said.

The YAC has been looking to expand its programs beyond its annual True Blue 5k, which they conduct each fall. So, the masquerade was organized and they now hope to make it their annual spring event.

"Being an Alum of Memphis is more than just getting a card for discounts at the bookstore," Fyke said. "The Young Alumni Committee hopes to give this opportunity of making the most out of being a recent grad at The U of M, socially and professionally."

The proceeds of the event benefit the Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is a $500 scholarship that is awarded to a U of M graduate or a professional degree-seeking student who received an undergraduate degree at The U of M.

Tickets are $30 for alumni members and $35 for nonmembers. The price includes two free drinks. Tickets can be bought online at the Alumni Association's website.

"We want to see people reconnect with each other, have a good time, and celebrate the University's Centennial," said Wendy Sumner-Winter, Alumni Coordinator.

The committee plans to see the scholarship endowed so that it could become permanent and be available for future graduates from The U of M.

"This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other alumni," said Amy Cable, YAC member. "I look forward to seeing new faces and meeting new people and I hope everyone has a good time. I'm ready to connect to other alumni and encourage others to become involved with the Alumni Association."


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