March 3, 2024

The New Guy Talks Sports

An Elegant Evening for a Meaningful Mission

The University of Mary Washington athletic department will host the 4th Annual UMW Athletics Gala & Auction on May 20, 2017, in Chandler Ballroom, University Center. All proceeds support UMW student-athletes.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Troy D. Paino, Mary Washington’s 10th president. A passionate sports fan, Dr. Paino has written extensively on the history of American sports and is frequently in the stands cheering on the Eagles!

Not only will the 4th Annual Gala be held in a new ballroom and feature our new UMW President, guests this year will hear a few senior student-athletes share their inspiring testimonials.

UMW Athletics would like to thank the 4th Annual Gala sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: University Dining Services by Sodexo

Supporting Sponsors: City of Fredericksburg, Stafford Printing, Union Bank & Trust

The Gala will commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction bidding. The dinner and program will follow at 7 p.m. and an exciting live auction will cap the night just before 9:30 p.m.

Sneak Peek: Live Auction

  • FedEx Fantasy – Catch a Washington Redskins game from a luxury box suite
  • Grand Summit Getaway – Two nights on Mount Snow Vermont with lift tickets
  • Island Beachfront Break – Two nights on the 11-acre oasis, Hilton Head Sonesta Resort
  • Much more to come!


For more information, or questions regarding sponsorship of the Gala or to donate an auction item or vacation package, please contact Philip Pierce, Director of Athletic Development, at 540-654-1153, or

Silent Auction categories include:

  • UMW Eagle Pride
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion, Beauty and Wellness
  • Home and Family
  • Autographed Items
  • Food and Wine
  • Sports
  • Travel Getaways

There are a limited number of tickets for the event. Individual seats cost $130, and a table of 10n costs $1,000. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.

*UMW asks that all guests are at least 21 years of age & not current UMW student-athletes