Success at NMU's inaugural Green & Gold Gala

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University hosted their inaugural Green and Gold Gala Saturday.

More than 450 people from the Marquette community came to celebrate the newly renovated Northern Center.

Attendees enjoyed live music, various performances, a custom-created menu and more.

In addition, it was all for a good cause according to Jess Jones Director of Donor Engagement at NMU.

She says proceeds from the night go towards the NMU Flexible Aid Fund, which provides financial assistance to students that may encounter various barriers.

"Whether they have car repairs or day care expenses or costs that they encounter just as a student that might prohibit them from continuing their education and we remove that barrier for them so they can continue and graduate,” Jones declared.

Jones says the goal was to raise $100,000 for the fund. In an announcement during Saturday evening’s festivities, Jones stated a total of $200,000 was raised.

"We just want to say thank you to everyone that participated in this event. We're excited to welcome our alumni our community and the entire campus to help our students at this Green and Gold Gala,” Jones concluded.

Click here to learn more about the Flexible Aid Fund.