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Nearly 200 Alumni Convene in Nation's Capital for Gala

Gamecock City GalaNearly 200 Carolina alumni attended the inaugural "Gamecock City Gala," hosted by My Carolina Club of Washington, DC, on Wednesday, February 27, in the historic setting of the University Club of Washington, DC. At the event, an official University of South Carolina crest was unveiled, to be hung in the Gallery of Universities honoring members of the University Club.

"Our goal was to host an event that connected DC alumni together as well as reconnect with the university," said Alan Brylawski, '10, member of the Gamecock City Gala host committee. "With a dedicated DC alumni board, we greatly exceeded expectations and look forward to many future events."

Anton Gunn '94, '01, recipient of the university's 2012 Young Alumni Award, served as the guest speaker. Anton's resume includes an appointment by President Barack Obama to serve as the director of external affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

My Carolina Club of DC president Andrew Gaeckle, '09, welcomed alumni and introduced Tom Halasz, director of the USC Career Center, which co-sponsored the event with My Carolina Alumni Association.

Andrew says, “The Gamecock City Gala was a wonderful networking reception bringing together DC alumi and guests for a presentation of the official University of South Carolina crest at the Washington, DC, University Club."

"The reception allowed the strong network of Gamecock alumni in the DC metro area to connect and share memories of Carolina while developing relationships for years to come,” he continued. “This was a great event to kick off 2013, sharing pictures and memories of past events and announcing upcoming alumni events for the year.”

The host committee is composed of Steve Loflin '85, CEO & Founder of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, club president Andrew Gaeckle, '09, and club board members Alan Brylawski '11, Jaclyn Burke '10, and Jed Hadley '07.

See photos from the event.

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Board Officers

  • Andrew Gaeckle, '09
  • Helen Knight, '11
    Vice President
  • Madi Shepherd, '11
  • Matt Nodine, '01 JD
    Secretary, Life Member
  • Jed Hadley, '07
    Social Director
  • Michelle Fantone, '11
    Communications Director
  • Tim Bonura, '02
    Alumni Sports Chair
  • Kily Battista, '07
    Alumni Sports Chair, Life Member
  • Jim Forbes, '86
    Service Chair
  • Lizzie Carver, '09
    Alumni Welcome
  • Neil Baumgardner, '98
    DC Gamecock Club President
  • Jaclyn Burke, '98
    Gamecock Gala Chair
  • Lindsay Tulloss
    Senior Regional Admissions Rep
  • Lizzie Carver, '09
  • Tim Bonura, '02
  • Kily Battista, '07
    Life Member
  • Gretchen Hendricks, '92

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