Fire & Ice Gala raises $340,000 for Dixie State University needs-based scholarships

Dixie State University Foundation’s 18th annual Fire & Ice Gala garnered significant support for needs-based scholarships, raising $339,804 for Dixie State University students who may not be able to pursue a college education without financial assistance.

Net proceeds from the annual black-tie optional gala directly benefit DSU student scholarships. The annual Fire & Ice Gala, put on by foundation volunteers, has provided scholarships to thousands of students over the past 18 years.

“The Fire & Ice Gala is a unique social engagement that brings together people from the community to help our students succeed,” Ronda Neilson, DSU Foundation director and Fire & Ice chair, said. “It was a pleasure to work together with volunteers, professionals and our students with a common goal to raise scholarships funds.”

This year’s celebrity hosts and musical performers were The Piano Guys, consisting of pianist Jon Schmidt, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, music producer Al Van Der Beek and videographer Paul Anderson. One of the highlights of the evening was when Schmidt brought DSU student George Wells on stage for an impromptu performance, showcasing his talent and skill.

“Fire & Ice was spectacular,” Kristin Williams, Fire & Ice co-chair, said. “The energy in the Burns Arena was heightened by the beautiful florals and decorations, the amazing auction donations and the remarkable performance by the Piano Guys. The attendees were eager to finally be able to gather and raise money for needs-based scholarships. It was an unforgettable evening.”

Driven by the opportunity to change lives through scholarships, the Dixie State University Foundation supports Dixie State and education in general by helping provide for the needs of the university. Since the foundation’s inception, supporting education has been its primary goal.

“As a volunteer and an attendee of the 2022 gala, I loved the opportunity to help the students of Dixie State University,” Kim Middione, Fire & Ice co-chair, said. “It was so refreshing to see people all dressed up, smiling and enjoying an evening of kindness and giving. It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait for next year’s gala.”

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