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Gala set to honor Hughes

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

A gala will be held this month in Arlington at baseball’s Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in honor of Dr. Paula Ann Hughes, the retiring chairwoman of the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University.

Hughes is credited with launching TWU’s Executive Master of Business Administration program, and every year the program’s committee members conduct a gala to raise funds for scholarships to benefit graduate students.

“[Hughes] was instrumental with getting the program off the ground,” said Nathan Abato, a business administration student and committee member.

Each semester, committee members plan the gala, which celebrates students graduating from the program, raises funds for scholarships and provides a night of networking and fun.

Since 2004, the gala has supported the Alice Collier Clark Scholarship, which was named in honor of Hughes’ mother.

Abato did not have an exact amount for how much the gala has raised through the years, but he said the event has been successful in reaching its goals.

“The scholarship was put into effect to help people attend school,” Abato said. “Dr. Hughes’ mother didn’t get that chance because her mother’s brothers were given priority.”

Hughes is retiring after 40 years at TWU, and this year’s gala will seek to establish a new endowment to be named in her honor.

Officials said the endowment will honor Hughes’ contributions to the program and her continued support of graduate-level education.

Funds from the Alice Collier Clark Scholarship and the Dr. Paula Ann Hughes Endowment will provide scholarships to students pursuing their degrees in the Executive Master of Business Administration program at TWU.

According to a news release, Hughes was instrumental in the creation of the EMBA program, which has grown from 80 students to the current enrollment of 1,857 under her leadership.

The spring gala begins at 6 p.m. April 13 and will feature dinner in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, tours of the Ballpark in Arlington, comedians, games and a silent auction.

The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame is located behind right field at the Ballpark in Arlington.

In addition to ticket sales, revenue generated from a silent auction and raffle will be used for the scholarships.

Tickets are available online at a cost of $55 per ticket or $100 for two tickets at . Abato said more than 130 tickets have been sold and about 200 remain.

For more information about the event, sponsorships or to make a donation, visit  or contact the spring 2013 EMBA Gala Committee at .

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.