The BASH To Honor Ron Gardner's Legacy

NEW ORLEANS – Community stalwart Ronald E. Gardner advised former U.S. presidents and mayors; led and sat on numerous committees and boards; and was recognized as an organizer and a role model.

         The Southern University at New Orleans Foundation will honor Gardner’s legacy during its annual BASH at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

         Gardner, who died Tuesday, September 22, after a long illness, was the vice chancellor for Administrative, Community & Security at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. He graduated from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. The list of his contributions to this community and beyond is endless. For these reasons, the SUNO Foundation will honor Gardner at this year’s BASH, and will raise scholarship dollars to help biology students achieve their academic goals.

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         The BASH, which began in 2004, is named for SUNO’s chancellor emeritus and first chancellor, the late Emmett W. Bashful, the event’s first honoree. The 2015 BASH co-chairs are SUNO alumni Michael Bruno and Dr. Louvinia E. Wallace. The honorary co-chairs are SUNO alumni Patrick Dobard, Recovery School District superintendent; and Dr. Henderson Lewis, Orleans Schools Superintendent.

         In addition to a silent auction, the night will feature entertainment by New Orleans singer Kayla Jasmine.

         “When we lost Ron, we lost a gem,” said SUNO Foundation Chair Frank Williams. “Like Dr. Bashful, for which this event is named, Ron represents the best of SUNO and New Orleans. We want to take this opportunity to honor him, and to help raise scholarship funds for the future Ron Gardners out there.”

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         This year’s BASH is expected to have the same magic as the first one, according to Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor of SUNO’s Office of Community Outreach/University Advancement. “We encourage the community to come out to honor Ron, and to help future students. It’s a great way to celebrate Ron’s life and legacy.”

         Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at the SUNO Office of Community Outreach /University Advancement in the Emmett W. Bashful Administration Building.

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