Texas Tech University

Matador Evening Set for Oct. 9

Kristina Butler

October 1, 2015

The event is a fundraiser, with proceeds supporting academic scholarships, faculty enrichment, local chapter efforts and alumni awards.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Texas Tech Alumni Association will hold its 55th A Matador Evening, presented by Liberty Mutual, United Supermarkets and the Rawls College of Business. The event is a fundraiser, with proceeds supporting academic scholarships, faculty enrichment, local chapter efforts and alumni awards, as well as an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with classmates and friends during Homecoming week.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center and will honor Jerry S. Rawls with the Lauro F. Cavazos Award and Gerald Dolter, Ph.D., with the Distinguished Service Award.

Established in honor of the former president of Texas Tech University, the Lauro F. Cavazos Award was designed to recognize and honor those who have made significant contributions to the university through their generosity, professional accomplishments and acts of service. Executive Chairman of the Board for Finisar Corporation, Jerry S. Rawls broke university records in 2000 when he donated $25 million to the College of Business Administration. An avid golfer, in 2001 Rawls gave an additional $8.7 million to build The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, a highly ranked championship golf course. With a $5.5 million gift, Rawls established a scholarship foundation for the Lambda Tau chapter of Phi Gamma Delta and continues to be actively involved among the current chapter and alumni.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1977 to recognize outstanding service to Texas Tech University or the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Gerald Dolter, Ph. D., joined the voice faculty at the Texas Tech School of Music in the fall of 1995. He became the Director of TTU Music Theatre in 1998. During the past decade, he has sought to program a wide variety of works to benefit students and the public interest. Dolter's latest venture has been the creation of a local musical theatre production company, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Since its inception in summer of 2006, the company has produced grand-scale musicals in the outdoor setting of Lubbock's Wells Fargo Amphitheatre, as well as in the Lubbock Civic Center.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the rate of $75 for individuals, $1,100 for a premier table of eight or $750 for a preferred table of eight. Seating for the evening is limited, with individuals needing to make reservations by Oct. 4. Tickets can be purchased online at TexasTechAlumni.org/matador-evening.

For more information contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association office at 806-742-3641 or jaryn.kilmer@ttu.edu.

CONTACT: Kristina Butler, Director of Communications, 806-834-1218 or kristina.w.butler@ttu.edu