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Buckeyes in Paradise Gala




Honorary Chair, Chris Spielman


Gala Information

The 2015 Gala is scheduled for the Hilton Naples on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

  This signature Club event is to raise funds for Naples area student scholarships to
OSU.  Attendees will enjoy a reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and remarks from
OSU standout Chris Spielman.

The Gala begins at 5:30 PM with registration, a special drink sponsored by Naples
and the silent auction.  A dinner follows with a live auction.  A campaign update
will occur prior to Special Guest, Shelley Meyer, bringing greetings and introducing
Chris Spielman.

  The price of the Gala is $150.00 per person.

Click Here for registration.

Private Reception with Chris Spielman

A Private Reception, sponsored by Huntington Wealth
, is scheduled prior to the Gala beginning at 4:30 PM to meet and greet
Chris in a small setting.  Attendance at this event is limited to 75 Gala guests

for an additional $50.00 per person.


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Bubbles, Baubles and Buckeyes

Something new for 2015!

We thank Bigham Jewelers who have generously donated a gorgeous David Yurman
bracelet and a matching pair of earrings valued at $2,000.  To win this beautiful set,
guests will have the opportunity to purchase specially numbered, twinkling champagne
glasses.  All the numbers will be placed in a champagne bucket and the lucky winning
number will be drawn just prior to the live auction.

Live and Silent Auctions for Gala

Items for the Live and Silent Auctions are being accepted.  Please contact Sarah
Smith for details at 239-992-8670 or

What is the Scholarship Endowment Fund?

The Club's Scholarship Endowment Fund, founded in 1991, allows the Club to award scholarships
to deserving local students to attend OSU. Twenty students have attended OSU with
scholarship assistance from the Club over 22 years and currently the Club has 3 scholars
at OSU with Club awards.
  The original founders and early leaders of the Club made special
efforts to ensure the Club had the ability to generate funds for student scholarships and this has
been a part of the mission of the Club from the inception.  The Club currently attempts to award a
scholarship in an amount of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, which in
2014-2015 amounts to approximately $16,000 per student.  The current endowment fund
of over $1,000,000
 generates about $40,000 per year.  Our goal is to have 4 students each year
as awardees.

$25 for $2,500 Gala Raffle

Sponsored by Skip and Nancy Potter

This raffle is one fundraising activity for the Gala that everyone can participate.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $25.00 each or 5 for $100.00.  The Gala Raffle Pot is a whopping $2,500.00!  One ticket will be drawn the evening of the Gala and winners do not have to be present to win.  Gala Raffle tickets can be purchased by contacting any Club Board or Gala Committee member.  Join in this effort by purchasing your tickets today.  Thanks to Skip and Nancy Potter for donating the $2,500 prize.

Click Here to purchase raffle tickets online

Gala Program Ads and Sponsorships

The Gala provides opportunities for program ads and sponsorship through financial donations.  A donation for the Gala to the Scholarship Endowment Fund for program ads or sponsorships are methods of demonstrating a commitment to the local students who are scholarship awardees.  These opportunities are available on a corporate or personal level and provide certain benefits for the donor, including Gala recognition.  If you would be interested in any program ad or sponsorship commitment opportunities for the Buckeyes in Paradise Gala, please contact Cliff Reiselt  at 239-455-2377 or

Your assistance in our mission is appreciated.

Thanks to Our Corporate Scholarship Partners




         The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization.

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