Annual Winter Glitz at University of Mount Olive a Huge Success

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association held its Seventh Annual Winter Glitz event to raise money for student scholarships on Saturday, February 22.  The theme for this year’s event was “Arabian Nights…Fly Away on a Magic Carpet.” Nearly 200 people attended.

The Lois K. Murphy Regional Center was decorated to resemble themes from the Arabian Knights.  Guests were served Arabian punch as they perused more than 130 silent auction items. In the Alumni Dining Room tables were adorned to look like a Sultan’s banquet.  The middle-eastern themed dinner included beef kabobs, couscous, Arabic Fettoush salad, whole green beans with seasoned tomatoes and rice Kheer pudding for dessert.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Miss Goldsboro Emily Tucker, UMO Alumna Kelli Kosuda, and a collection of UMO students who called themselves the Arabian Knights who performed a medley from Disney’s Aladdin.  The performers were accompanied by talented pianist Tom Casey, who also provided dinner music for the event.

As usual, live and silent auctions were held to help raise money for scholarship funds for the University. UMO alumnus George Futrelle served as the event auctioneer.  Alumni President Tom Patterson was the master of ceremonies.

“Winter Glitz is a way the University Alumni Association can come together to build community among each other while doing something good to help students,” said Alumni Director Hope McPherson Fields. “Our alumni have a passion to help students receive an education.  They understand the importance of giving back, because many were also once recipients of donor generosity.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit