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Southern's first Gala a success

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:


Logan County Charitable and Educational Foundation

Where Passion Meets Education and Community


City of Logan

Aracoma Drug Company


Logan Regional Medical Center

Thornhill Auto Group


Chapmanville Primary Care

Dr. David Lemmon

Pikeville Medical Center

United Bank


Alderman Family

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

Gourmet Granny

Holden Machine/James & Angie Rice

Dr. Harold Howell and The Southern Pineapple

Kapourales Properties

Logan Bank & Trust

McDonald Land Company/ Glenn Yost

Alice Rider

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 on how to contribute to the performing arts center



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