With a Hall of Fame quarterback, an ESPN personality and a two-time national champion coach headlining the event, it’s no wonder that last weekend’s “Going for the Gold Gala,” presented by the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was perhaps the largest fundraising event in Baylor history.
The sold-out crowd of 700 Baylor nursing supporters included plenty of big names, but few were bigger than the night’s three featured guests: Former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman, the father of a Baylor nursing major; NFL Live host Trey Wingo, BA ’85, the night’s emcee; and keynote speaker Kim Mulkey, fresh off leading the Baylor women’s basketball program to its second national title. (Click here for a photo gallery from the event.)
With donors stepping forward to cover the cost of the event, the evening raised more than half a million dollars toward endowed scholarships for Baylor nursing students as part of The President’s Scholarship Initiative. For more than 100 years, the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing has educated leaders for worldwide service in the nursing field, distinctly integrating Christian faith into an accredited program of nursing practice, education and research. Today, most Baylor nursing majors take two years worth of core classes on the Waco campus, then complete their education at the nursing school’s location on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center near downtown Dallas.
Sic ’em, Baylor nursing!
[Pictured above: Aikman, Mulkey and Wingo with John, BA '50, JD '52, and Marie Chiles, longtime supporters of Baylor nursing and 2012 recipients of Baylor's Founders Medal]