The annual Gala presented by Stephen F. Austin State University will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFA Foundation to honor faculty achievement.

The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Tom Houston Combo and by Dallas-based entertainers TOP, playing a variety of smooth jazz, Motown, disco, oldies and today's hits.

The faculty achievement awards presented during the ceremony recognize innovation and excellence in teaching, research and service. Several university donors also will be recognized.

Tickets are $165 for orchestra seating and $115 for ballroom seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (936) 468-5406.