A record 530 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) attended the fifth annual Goldman Gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Friday, April 11, 2014.
The Gala began with a cocktail reception and continued with dinner and dancing in the ballroom. A masquerade theme added mystique to the evening, with some of the guests peering out through fantastic masks. After dinner, guests were treated to a surprise performance by the BU Ballroom Dance Club. The band One Step Ahead provided music throughout the evening.
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter said to the guests, “The Goldman Gala is truly for our students, especially for those who will graduate and become our newest alumni, and Mrs. Hutter and I are absolutely delighted to host you this evening and so pleased that we have such a wonderful turnout of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”
Dean Hutter recognized the following special guests: Immediate Past President of the Boston University Alumni Council and member of the GSDM Alumni Association Board Dr. Shadi Daher and his wife Dr. Millie Serrano; Chair of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee Dr. Thomas Kilgore; Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board Dr. David Lustbader and his wife Wendy; Dean’s Advisory Boarder member Dr. Mina Paul and her husband Ajay Saini; GSDM Alumni Association President and member of the Dean’s Advisory Board Mitch Sabbagh DMD 87; and Immediate Past-President of the GSDM Alumni Association Dr. Tina Valades and her husband Ralph Tullberg.
Dean Hutter also thanked and recognized the members of the 2014 Goldman Gala Committee, which included: Richa Bhatt AS 15, Diana D’Aoust DMD 14, Marina Gonchar DMD 14, Andrew Grinsell DMD 17, Cassandra Iglesias DMD 14, Rose Joyce DMD 14, Marissa Kobewka DMD 15, Pardis Koleini DMD 17, Dave Lane DMD 16, Emma Lattouf DMD 15, Keely Matheson DMD 15, Jessica Metcalfe DMD 15, Hilary Reiter DMD 16, Amrita Sandhu DMD 15, Azeez Swarup AS 15, Ryan Vaughn DMD 16, Jelena Vucijak DMD 14, Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Joe Calabrese, and Assistant Director of Student Affairs Erica Manczuk.
Dean Hutter extended a special thank you and recognition to Ms. Lindsay McHugh, Assistant Director of Meetings & Events at GSDM, who was ultimately responsible for making all of the arrangements for the successful event. Accompanied by her husband Ryan McHugh, he presented Lindsay with a bouquet of flowers.
After dessert, the guests filled the dance floor until the end of the Gala.