Actress Sharon Stone to Headline UMES' 2011 Gala

  • Friday, December 10, 2010

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Dec. 10, 2010) - Sharon Stone, the award-winning actress and AIDS-awareness activist, will attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 12th annual scholarship gala in March. 

    Stone starred in one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s - "Basic Instinct" - and is among five entertainers committed to appearing at the March 5 event - "Hollywood on the Shore."

    Staged to raise money for student aid, UMES discovered a year ago that including celebrities on the invitation list made the gala an unqualified success and one of Delmarva's premier social events.

    "Excitement does not begin to describe what everyone at UMES felt when we learned Ms. Stone could join us," said Veronique Diriker, the university's development director who coordinates gala planning each year.

    Perhaps best known for her role opposite Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct, Stone was an Academy Award nominee and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the crime drama, "Casino." The Pennsylvania native also won an Emmy in 2004 for a guest performance on the television drama, "The Practice."

    Stone, 52, is more than a high-profile actress. By helping raise millions of dollars, she has been a visible and tireless advocate in support of research into the cure for HIV and AIDS. Her activism has not gone unnoticed; she is the recipient of several prominent humanitarian awards.

    UMES is winding down its seven-year, $14 million fundraising campaign, which officially ends June 30, 2011. Proceeds from ticket sales to the dinner-dance, where party-goers mingle with celebrities, will support merit- and need-based scholarships.

    Tickets to the 2010 gala sold out quickly when UMES announced appearances by actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Patty Duke, blues musician B.B. King, singer Dionne Warwick and former football star Herschel Walker.

    Past galas have enabled UMES to start a scholarship fund that has benefitted some 20 undergraduates, and the 2010 event's success gave the financial-aid initiative a substantial boost.

    Tickets to the 2011 gala are now on sale. The university is again offering two options: an "Oscar" ticket for $150 and a "VIP" ticket for $500. The latter also entitles the holder to attend two private receptions. Only 450 tickets will be available.

    For more information about acquiring tickets, contact Veronique Diriker by e-mail or by calling 410-651-8142.

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    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, wrobinson3@umes.edu.

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.