Foundation Annual Gala

Social hour at the annual Purple and Gold Gala

Annual Purple & Gold Gala

The annual Purple and Gold Gala is the University’s premiere on-campus event exclusively for Purple and Gold Society members. This keystone event is held to honor and celebrate the University’s most generous donors.

Honorees of the Year pose for a photo as they receive their awards

A Black Tie Affair

The Purple & Gold Gala is a formal event put on by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation in honor of donors who have made a significant impact to Minnesota State Mankato and its students.

Theatre department performs selections from "high school musical" for the audience at the annual Purple and Gold Gala

Gala Activities

The evening starts with a social hour, complete with hors d'oeuvres and a special performance by the Minnesota State Mankato Theatre and Dance Department.

Following social hour is dinner, complete with dessert, music and a recognition program.

Purple and Gold Society members socializing at the Purple and Gold Gala event


Attendance is by invitation only and is a Purple and Gold Society exclusive event. Attire is formal; purple and gold is encouraged. Valet parking is available in front of the main Centennial Student Union entrance off of South Road. You may also choose to park at no charge in the Visitor Pay Lot located at the corner of South Road and Ellis Avenue.

The 2023 Gala is scheduled for the evening of Friday, September 29, 2023 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Please contact Michelle Reinhardt at 507-389-1905 or 877-949-0391 with questions.

Honorees of the Year

Honorees of the Year

Each year, we recognize three outstanding donors for their generous contributions to the University. Their stories are proof that through giving, we can change the world for the better, give students opportunities they wouldn't have had otherwise, and make a powerful and positive impact.