Candlelight Ball

Story by Tony Centonze

Photography by Tony Centonze & Lucas Ryan Chambers



Austin Peay State University's 35th Annual Candlelight Ball was recently held at the Omni Nashville Hotel, and it was certainly a night to remember.


This year's event, organized by a talented committee headed by Andrea Herrera and Kathryn Minniehan, drew more than 600 APSU supporters who enjoyed a live auction, dining and dancing, all the while raising money to fund APSU scholarships.



"I was humbled and honored to be a part of such a wonderful event and to work with this amazing committee,” said Herrera. “The support for APSU at Candlelight Ball was simply incredible, and I could not have asked for a better Co-Chair than Kathryn."


This year's Wendell H. Gilbert Award was presented to Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp. The Spirit of Austin Peay Award was given to Len Rye. These awards honor individuals who have supported or brought recognition to APSU through their achievements and/or contributions.



Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett practically stole the show when they read a joint proclamation recognizing APSU President Dr. Alisa White for her contributions, not only to the university, but also to the entire community.


"I also want to thank Nikki Peterson for the amazing job she did, guiding us through this year," Herrera said. "We are so grateful for the support of Dr. White and the entire Clarksville community. Go Govs!"

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