By Mecca Evans
The Sixth Gala of Hope at 6 p.m. Saturday is geared to be an extravagant event.
Each year, Hampton University sells tickets and hosts the dinner auction as a way to raise money for the university's off-campus proton therapy institute. The proceeds are to be used to pay for the treatment of indigent patients, said university officials this week.
The theme of this year's gala is "Unmasking the Faces of Cancer."
As a way to push ticket sales Hampton U. began offering an early bird special in August to faculty and those who planned to attend. As an incentive, those who purchased their tickets early received $50 off the original $250 ticket price as well as an automatic raffle ticket entry to win VIP suite access.
Originally, this special was supposed to last until Aug. 31, but the Office of Development extended the deadline until Sept. 30.
Promoters anticipate that the Hampton Roads Convention Center will be packed with vendors and patrons.
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.