Nearly 300 people attended The Savas/Kostas Gala on Saturday, September 24th, 2022. The event raised an estimated $50,000 for upgrades to the Southern's Savas-Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus. The event was sponsored by The Southern Foundation.
LOGAN The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Gala was an event complete with a red-carpet arrival, fine dining, award presentations, and entertainment.
The Gala was held the last weekend of September at the Chief Logan Conference Center. The Gala was sponsored by the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation as a fundraiser for the Savas - Kostas Performing Arts Center. Over 300 guests attended in support of the legacy.
The Savas - Kostas family originally provided the funds to establish the Performing Arts Center on the Logan Campus of Southern. The theatre serves the needs of the local college but also benefits the community at large.
Southern's President, Dr. Pamela L. Alderman said, "This is the largest event Southern has ever held. Due to the overwhelming response from our Southern family and community, we plan to make this an annual event. The support from our contributors exceeded all expectations. We are forever grateful to continue the legacy of giving back to our community."
Assistant Director of Development, Robert "Stacy" Dingess said, “Everyone stepped up to help us with this project. This fundraiser will go a long way in preserving the legacy that began 40 years ago."
Awards were presented to the following:
PREMIER ACADEMY AWARD
Logan County Charitable and Educational Foundation
Where Passion Meets Education and Community
KOSTAS ACADEMY AWARD
City of Logan
Aracoma Drug Company
KOSTAS GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD
Logan Regional Medical Center
Thornhill Auto Group
KOSTAS EMMY AWARD
Chapmanville Primary Care
Dr. David Lemmon
Pikeville Medical Center
KOSTAS PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD
Boone Memorial Health
Charleston Area Medical Center
Chapman Printing/Marshall Reynolds
Episcopal Church, Holy Trinity of Logan, and St Paul's of Williamson
Bill France Family
Holden Machine/James & Angie Rice
Dr. Harold Howell and The Southern Pineapple
Logan Bank & Trust
McDonald Land Company/ Glenn Yost
Senator, Dr. Ron D. Stollings
Pledges and donations are ongoing. All funds raised will be used to renovate the Savas/Kostas Performing Arts Center.
Contact Robert "Stacy" Dingess, Assistant Director of Development Administration, at (304) 896-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. on how to contribute to the performing arts center