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Welty GalaOctober 25, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Mary Ellen Weathersby Pope Banquet Room
Hogarth Dining Center
MUW Campus

Cocktail Attire


4:00 p.m. - Student discussion / informal Q&A (location TBA)
5:30 p.m. - Private Reception in President's Home
6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with authors in Brigham President's Dining Room (Hogarth Dining Center)
7:00 p.m. - Dinner in Pope Banquet Room (Hogarth Dining Center)
8:15 p.m. - Po Bronson's Presentation
9:00 p.m. - Book Signing


About the Gala

On Friday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m., The W family, including students from the Ina E. Gordy Honors College, alumni, and community members, are invited to join us for an elegant evening on campus. The Welty Gala begins with a cocktail reception with this year's Welty Symposium authors followed by dinner and a presentation by best-selling author and social commentator Po Bronson.

The Welty Gala is our annual fundraiser for the Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities. To ensure the success of this event, MUW is seeking supporters who will participate as Benefactors, Patrons, and Friends. The Welty Gala is a tremendous asset for The W and the local community. We are especially grateful and appreciative of your support for this event and the opportunity it provides our Honors College students to further their academic experience beyond the classroom.

About the Speaker

Po BronsonBest-selling author Po Bronson has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction. He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and he's been on the cover of five magazines. Bronson has made a career of exploring the real lives of real people.

At the podium, Bronson brings his research to life with wit, first-hand experience, and a journalistic appetite for the truth. His presentations are like the life stories he chronicles: sometimes fun, sometimes moving, and always important and meaningful.

What Should I Do With My Life - Po BronsonHis book "What Should I Do With My Life?" was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained in the top 10 for over nine months. Why? Because it struck a nerve. This book was not merely popular – it literally changed thousands of people's lives, waking them up to their own importance and stirring them to adopt a new philosophy. Po was on Oprah, NPR, and the Today show as part of an international tour that lasted over a year. "What Should I Do With My Life?" was then named by Business Week as one of the "Top 10 Business Books of the Decade," and was also named one of the "Top 100 Business Books of All Time" by CEO-READ.

Bronson is originally from Seattle, Washington, and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University. He also holds an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. Bronson lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.


Donor Levels


$5,000 ($4,800 tax deductible)
Reserved table for eight with Preferred Dining Services
Eight Invitations for Private Reception with Po Bronson in President's Home
Program Recognition
Four Autographed Books by the Author
Twenty-meal ticket to MUW Campus Dining Services
One-fourth Page Advertisement in the Spring 2014 Issue of MUW Alumni Magazine VISIONS
Twenty-session pass to MUW Campus Recreational Center

Purchase the Benefactor Package online >



$500 ($475 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
One Invitation to Private Reception with Po Bronson in President's Home
Program Recognition
One-fourth Page Advertisement in the Spring 2014 Issue of MUW Alumni Magazine VISIONS
OR Twenty-meal ticket to MUW Campus Dining Services

Purchase the Patron Package online >


$75 ($50 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one

Purchase the Friend Package online >


For Additional Information

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