Presidents Honors Gala at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Friday, April 10, 2015  |  Cook Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the President's Honors event all about?
President's Honors is a donor regnition and fundraising event. But it is also more than that: it is a celebration -- of God's faithfulness, of donor generosity, of all that makes the mission of MidAmerica Nazarene University worthy of unwavering, sacrificial support.

Q. When is the next President's Honors event?
The fourth annual President's Honors is scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015.

Q. Who is being honored at the next President's Honors event?
We will be honoring Drs. Paul and Connie Cunningham with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as new members of our Cornerstone Society.

Q. What are the benefits of being a sponsor?
All presenting, platinum, gold, silver, bronze and table sponsorships include prime or preferred seating at President's Honors as well as recognition in various media including the event website, e-communications, the printed program, and during the event, depending on the sponsorship level.  Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to promote a business or organization to a highly desirable audience while providing significant support for Christian higher education.

Q. How do I purchase tickets for the event?
Ticket are now available online for the 2015 President's Honors.  You may click here or call the Office of University Advancement at (913) 971-3605 to reserve your seats.

Q. What is the attire for the event/what does “semi-formal attire” mean?
Attire for the President’s Honors event is semi formal. Suggested attire for men is a dark-colored suit and tie. For women, an evening dress, dressy pantsuit or dress suit are appropriate.

Q. How can I help with the President’s Honors?
There are three significant ways you can help!

  1. Sponsorship support: Do you work at or own a business that could be a corporate sponsor? Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels for companies, individuals and families. Visit the Sponsorship page for details and sponsorship pricing.
  2. Live and silent auction donations: Do you have new items to donate such as collectibles, gift/service certificates or "experience" packages? Do you work for a company that would donate new items or services? Would you consider asking retailers or vendors with whom you frequently do business to consider making a donation? Visit the Auction page for a list of suggested items to donate.
  3. Attendance: Will you help promote and/or consider attending this exciting event? Attendance options include:
    • Table Sponsorships - great for individuals, groups or families! A $1,000 table sponsorship includes 8 seats at the event to invite friends or those you know who also support Christian higher education.
    • Half-Table Sponsorships - perfect for two couples! A $500 half-table sponsorship gives you 4 seats at a designated table. You receive special recognition as a half-table sponsor in the event website and printed program.
    • Individual tickets -- $100 each and include dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

Q. May I pay for President's Honors sponsorships and/or individual tickets using my donor-advised fund?
Donor Advised Fund (DAF) distributions are regulated by federal law, and DAF gifts may only be received for the charitable portion of fundraisers. Please contact the MNU Office of University Advancement at (913) 971-3605 for more information.

Q.  I am unable to attend the event, but want to support student scholarships at MNU. How can I help?
Absolutely. Visit our Online Giving page and your donation will be used toward student scholarships.

Q.  I’ve never been to Cook Center and/or the MNU campus. How do I get there?
MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Olathe campus is located at 2030 E. College Way in Olathe. For driving directions, click here. Cook Center is located on Lindenwood Drive between College Way and Sheridan (#24 on the campus map found at the link above).

Q.  If I still have questions, whom should I contact?
Paula Gettles at (913) 971-3605 or

Scenes from 2014

Olathe icon Frank H. Devocelle, president and CEO of Olathe Health System, Inc. (OHSI) accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from President Spittal.Olathe icon Frank H. Devocelle, president and CEO of Olathe Health System, Inc. (OHSI) accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from President Spittal.

The MNU Symphonic Choir performed throughout the evening.The MNU Symphonic Choir performed throughout the evening.

MNU student performers amazed the President's Honors audience.MNU student performers amazed the President's Honors audience.

MNU's premier annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarships, most recently held April 11, 2014, raised more than $550,000, surpassing the 2014 goal by more than $50,000. Here bidders participate in the live auction.Bidders participate in the live auction at the 2014 President's Honors Gala. Donors raised more than $550,000.

Photos by Dan Videtich.