University of Mount Olive Winter Glitz Brings in Scholarship Funds

University of Mount Olive Winter Glitz Brings in Scholarship Funds


MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently held its eighth annual Winter Glitz event to raise money for student scholarships.  The theme for this year’s event was “A Night at the Theater: A Musical Celebration.”

Guests were entertained by pianist Thomas Casey from the class of 2000 and vocalists Bryan Debose from the class of 2011 and Bailey Sutton from the class of 2017. Live and silent auctions were held to raise money for University scholarship funds. Gary Price served as the event auctioneer.  Alumnus Al Warrick was the master of ceremonies.  Gifts are still being calculated, but a preliminary estimate shows this year’s total to be more than $18,000, bringing the eight year total for scholarship support as a result of funds raised through the Annual Winter Glitz event to be more than $166,000.

Director of Alumni Relations Hope Fields said, “It amazes me every year how this all comes together so well.”

According to Fields it starts with the Winter Glitz volunteers in a conference room with the idea of a theme.  They then split into separate committees.  In the end they produce a completely cohesive event.

Fields said, “Everything is perfectly blended; from the decorations to the entertainment, and it is all thanks to the hard work of our alumni and friends that volunteer to make it happen.  Each year, I can see how much they care for our students.  If you want to see the heart of our alumni, look at this event.  These alumni are what make me proud to be the Director of Alumni Relations.”

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


Nearly 200 people enjoyed the Annual Winter Glitz at the at the University of Mount Olive