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SFA Gala

Donor Recognition

  • Award being presented at SFA Gala 2024
  • Aerial view of the SFA Gala 2024
  • Small table setup at the SFA Gala 2024
  • Detailed table setup at the SFA Gala 2024
  • Entertainment at the SFA Gala 2024
  • Large table setup at the SFA Gala 2024
  • SFA jazz musicians at SFA Gala 2024

The annual SFA Gala is traditionally held on the fourth Saturday of January.

About Gala

The SFA Gala is a formal black tie event hosted by the SFASU Foundation, Inc. The event includes a formal dinner, donor recognition program and dancing to a live band. The purpose of the event is to honor generous benefactors to the university, showcase the impact of their giving on students, faculty/staff and academic and athletic programs, and reiterate the need for growth of the university’s endowment.


The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center
200 N Fredonia St, 
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Event Parking

Drop off will be available at the Baker Pattillo Student Center at the Barnes & Noble entrance.

  • The Baker Pattillo Student Center Parking Garage located off of Griffith Blvd. will be open on all floors.
  • SFA Gala Parking Map

Previous Honorees

Stephen F. Austin Society - Lifetime giving of $1 million+

2024 Honorees: Ashley and Greg Arnold

2023 Honoree: The Micky Elliott Family Foundation

Thomas J. Rusk Society - Lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999

2023 Honorees - Hank and Suzy Crouse

Fredonia Society - Lifetime giving of $100,000 to $499,999

2024 Honoree: Patsy Barton

 2024 Honorees: Chris and Jim Berry

2024 Honorees: Carolyn and Harry Downing

2024 Honorees: Judy and Larry Holt

2023 Honorees: Sammie and Beverly Smith

2023 Honorees: David and Charlotte Sanderson

2023 Honorees: Paul and Dixie Kellerhals

Make a donation

Donations from individuals, corporations and philanthropic foundations build excellence and prestige in our university, and the SFA Gala is designed to motivate and inspire others to follow in the footsteps of our donors.

Learn about ways you can give to SFA.

For any questions, please call:

Jill Still, CFRE - Vice President for University Advancement
Heather Howell - Director of Advancement Services
Local Reservations: 936.468.5406
Toll Free: 800.319.9517
Email: or


Office of Development

Give Now

Austin Building
Suite 303

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 6092, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Do you have questions or need more information? Contact an SFA Development Officer today at 936.468.5406.