UFV’s third annual Town & Gown fundraising dinner takes place on Nov 15, 2017 at the Student Union Building on UFV’s Abbotsford campus. This will be an inspiring evening, an opportunity to see first-hand how UFV is having a positive impact on our community and in the lives of students.
Proceeds from event tickets and a limited number of silent auction items contribute to UFV’s Changing Lives, Building Community Endowment — supporting scholarships for students who demonstrate superior scholastic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the community.
“I hope you’ll join us in celebrating our community, our students, and our alumni at Town and Gown 2017. Our annual fundraising dinner showcases the way UFV engages our community and the tremendous way students’ lives are changed. We look forward to welcoming you to this special evening supporting students through our Changing Lives, Building Community Endowment.”
—Jackie Hogan, UFV President and Vice-Chancellor.
Bursaries and scholarships help students from all walks of life achieve their dreams. UFV student Randi shares how funding she received from the Faculty and Staff Bursary has helped her succeed in school. As a Social Work student, she hopes to make a difference by helping others in her community when she graduates. Watch her story below.
The evening will also feature two Distinguished Alumni award winners.
The 2016 Distinguished Alumni winner was Gary Bass, a former high-ranking RCMP officer who earned his MA in Criminal Justice while balancing the demands of his career.
The 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni winner was Shannon Thiesen, an Abbotsford elementary school teacher and award-winning artist. She recalled the support she received from her professors and from donors.
Photos from the 2016 Town & Gown event:
Who’s in the Room
UFV’s Town & Gown Fundraising Dinner represents one of UFV’s largest community events, accommodating over 250 attendees. They include a mix of:
- influential entrepreneurs, business professionals, and government leaders
- representatives of membership-based associations and service organizations
- engaged students, alumni, donors, and employees
- Words of thanks from a student who has benefited from the generous support of donors like you
- A personal message of thanks from Jackie Hogan, UFV President and Vice-Chancellor
- Gourmet dinner in the state-of-the-art Student Union Building on the Abbotsford campus
- Engaging conversations with influential business leaders from across the Valley
- Inspirational stories of UFV’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners
- Limited silent auction of unique items and experiences.
UFV’s Town & Gown Fundraising dinner provides a unique opportunity for sponsorship with a dynamic and influential network of UFV stakeholders — including students, community leaders, and alumni — in an evening of celebration focused on how UFV transforms student lives and builds our community.
For additional information about sponsorship, please contact Sheila Reimer:
Special thanks to the sponsors of our 2016 event
The presenting sponsor for Town and Gown was Prospera Credit Union. Platinum sponsors were the Abbotsford International Airport and MNP. Gold sponsors were BMO, Chernoff Thompson Architects, and The Co-operators; silver sponsors were Quantum Properties, Esposito Group, Impark, Emil Anderson Construction; and bronze sponsors were Aldergrove Credit Union, Manulife, Minter Country Gardens, RDM Lawyers and Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Special thanks to Save-on Foods. Media sponsors were The Abbotsford News, Chilliwack Progress, and Punjabi Patrika.
Town and Gown 2016
Town met Gown at the University of the Fraser Valley’s second annual fundraising dinner on November 9, 2016. More than 250 people gathered in the Student Union Building on UFV’s Abbotsford campus at a sold-out event to celebrate student success and hear about how the support of donors helps UFV students. In 2016, we raised more than $132,000 to help students achieve their dreams.
Sahil Chawla, the 2016 student speaker at the event, has benefited from the support of UFV donors as the recipient of the Student Union Society Premier Entrance Scholarship and the Indo-Canadian Pioneers Endowment Leadership Award. He hopes to go to medical school when he graduates from UFV.
“I am so grateful for the financial support of donors to UFV. Because of the financial burden being lifted through the funding I have received, I have been able to be involved on campus and give back to my university. And these experiences have given me so many chances to grow. I plan to give back throughout my life and career,” he said.