Fire & Ice Gala raises nearly $150,000
Community members examine auction items available at the Dixie Foundation’s 13th annual Fire & Ice gala Feb. 24 in the SunRiver St. George Community Center. Photo: Jared Madsen

The Dixie Foundation’s 13th annual Fire & Ice Gala brought together community members last month to raise support for Dixie State University needs-based scholarships.

Fire & Ice Gala chair Ronda Neilson said the event was a huge success and raised close to $150,000, with donations still being reconciled.

“The gala was a prestigious and fantastic event filled with the spirit of giving, great music, and fabulous food,” Neilson said. “Members of the St. George community really came together to support this cause, and the gala would not have been a success without them.”

A portion of the dinner served at the gala was donated by Tom and Dorothy Heers of Cliffside Restaurant and was prepared under the direction of chef Jared Painter. The gala also included the screening of a scholarship recipient video produced by Matt Hansen and Jenny Reynolds. The DSU Jazz Band, the DSU Herald Trumpets, and pianist Del Beatty performed.

Live and silent auctions featured a variety of items donated by members of the community. The silent auction included items such as golf packages, vacation stays, and several collectible items while the live auction included a gun safe and a grandfather clock.

Neilson said the event was successful on all fronts, adding that past Fire & Ice Gala chairs Marcia Wade, Pat Western, and Dorothy Orton as well as John Bowler, a DSU development officer, were instrumental in making the event a success.

“The food, entertainment, decorations, and ambience were amazing,” Bowler said. “It was such a fun event with great generosity from all those who came and donated their time, talent, and treasures to do good for Dixie State University students and our community.”

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