The University of St. Francis' annual scholarship gala netted more than a quarter of a million dollars this year.
USF brought one of the area's longest-running black tie events back to campus last month to raise money for student scholarships, according to a news release.
The school made the event part of its yearlong celebration of its centennial.
"The evening was extra special because we celebrated 100 years of providing a Catholic, Franciscan education," Kristin Short, USF's vice president for advancement, said in the release.
"We celebrated our rich history, our founding sisters and all members of the USF community," Short said.
President Arvid Johnson said in the release that USF raised more than $250,000 for scholarships for the seventh year in a row. The total amount of money raised during that time was more than $2 million.
"This is a wonderful affirmation of support for the University of St. Francis’ mission from the communities we serve,” Johnson said in the release.
More than 400 guests attended this year's event. The gala took place in USF's Pat Sullivan Center, featured cuisine by Jewell Events Catering and included a wide variety of live and silent auction items while guests enjoyed the music of the USF Jazz Ensemble and the Gentlemen of Leisure Band.
Gloria and Edward Dollinger, and Bill and Diane Habiger chaired the planning committee.
USF serves more than 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work.