Island University’s Outstanding Donors Recognized during President’s Mardi Gras Ball

| Published: February 27, 2017

Island University’s Outstanding Donors Recognized during President’s Mardi Gras Ball

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Mardi Gras took on a South Texas spin at the Island University on Feb. 25, during the President’s Mardi Gras Ball. Members of the campus and local community joined Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, to honor the cumulative giving of individuals, organizations and corporations that have made a significant impact on campus.

“This is a celebration of all our donors who have supported us, the students and all the folks who have made the University the incredible success that it is,” said Quintanilla. “This ball also lets others know the kind of contributions they can make. Some people may not realize the impact they can have on a University.”

Through the generosity of donors, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students are able to experience robust academic opportunities that prepare them for the world after college. Many of the donors who were honored at the event help to provide endowed scholarships to students who would otherwise be too encumbered by financial burden to attend college. Endowed scholarships allow the University to meet the financial needs of A&M-Corpus Christi students in perpetuity. Other honorees were recognized for their impact on the University’s cutting-edge degree programs, research projects and annual scholarships.

“We believe it’s important for donors to know how incredibly appreciative we are for their support, but that’s not all there is to this,” said Quintanilla. “It’s also important for students to realize the investment that people have made in their education and their success.”

In keeping with Mardi Gras tradition, guests were transported to historic New Orleans for the evening. Attendees enjoyed music by Hot Sauce A-T-X, a premium bar, a dessert table and fortunetellers. Theatre students served as “living statues” and art students, who are members of Half-Court Press, created on the spot screen-printed t-shirts. A decadent dessert selection featured a “King’s Cake” which hid a small plastic baby. The lucky person who found the baby won a three-day two-night stay in a condo located in the New Orleans French Quarter.

Those honored at the event will have their names and images added to the Wall of Recognition located in the University Center, Legacy Room.

“I am so happy that we are able to donate and help the University in whatever way we can,” said Lucy Rubio, Corpus Christi Council Member who represented the City of Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation. “On a personal note, my husband and my son are both graduates of the University!”

The 2017 honorees are:

Legacy Society:

  • The City of Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation

Platinum Inner Circle of Excellence:

  • Olga E. Doan
  • Harte Charitable Foundation

Gold Inner Circle of Excellence:

  • Jessie Frances Neal Foundation

Bronze Inner Circle of Excellence:

  • Sandra and Blair Sterba-Boatwright
  • Fred and Vanessa Braselton Family and Braselton Homes
  • Navy Army Community Credit Union
  • PlainsCapital Bank
  • Janet L. Tysinger and Dr. Eve L. Layman

“We’ve been supporting the Harte Research Institute over the last ten years as it’s grown and evolved,” said Don Perkins, Executive Director of the Harte Charitable Foundation. “The University is obviously a lynchpin here in the Corpus Christi community, and we’re interested in seeing the HRI grow as a catalytic institution on campus.”

If you would like to become one of the Island University’s generous supporters, or if you would like to learn more about supporting students through scholarship donations, visit