Development and GC Foundation


Make plans to attend 'Un-Gala 2015' at Galveston College on Oct. 10th  

featuring The Music Box Theater

The Music Box Theater-Houston will pull out all the stops at the first Un-Gala Cabaret for Galveston College on Saturday October 10, 2015 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

One evening with two venues for 200 fortunate guests --- Havana by Day and Havana by Night --- in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on Galveston College’s campus (directly behind the Lighthouse Beacon at 39th and Avenue Q). The College’s inaugural Un Gala will break all the rules from dress, to food, and entertainment! Proceeds from the “Un” will benefit the College’s respected Health Sciences/Nursing Program and the coming Performing Arts Center.

The Music Box Theater-Houston stars were polished by years of Broadway musical training with Houston’s legendary Masquerade Theater, and also paid their dues in New York, L.A. and Chicago cabarets. After acquiring their commercial space in Upper Kirby in 2011, from the incomparable Radio Music Theater, The Music Box Theater Company and MBT 3 Band, has produced consistently clever original comedy and great music from the troupe’s founding five members--professional theatrical performers, Rebekah Dahl, Brad Scarborough, Cay Taylor, Kristina Sullivan and Luke Wrobel. The Company is extremely popular and plays to standing room only audiences almost every weekend in Houston. The Houston Chronicle, the Village News, the Houston Press, KUHF 88.7-Houston, Trip Advisor and other critics commend the troupe for professional excellence, humor, sensitivity, and unmatched vocals.

Galveston Restaurant Group (Danny Hart, John and Joey Smecca) are generously contributing to the evening’s catered affair with a tantalizingly deconstructed Caribbean cuisine, “tapas” (small plate-service) and fantastic signature cocktail and mocktail recipes with an after “Café Cantante” with sweets, coffee, rum for fun, hand-rolled Cuban cigars, vintage Cadillac convertible fun, and impromptu play for night owls. Guests may be inspired to attire—straw and Panama hats, breezy dresses, halter tops, sarongs, chic slacks, linen shorts, great-looking jeans, Tommy Bahama, Guayabera shirts, or whatever is totally unexpected is what an UnGala is all about!

Corporate sponsorships and underwriter table sales are available: Night of the Iguana-$5,000, Karma Chameleon-$2,500 and Lonely Bull $1,000. Details about these and other sponsorship levels are available. Individual tickets are $150 per person.

For more information, please contact Galveston College Office of Development/Foundation & Grants care of Maria Tripovich, Director (409) 944-1303 or Gloria Milton, Administrative Assistant (409) 944-1306.

To purchase your individual tickets or to purchase a table, please click here!



The Host Committee makes final plans for the UnGala 2015 at Galveston College. Tickets are $150 each. Call Gloria Milton for more details at (409) 044-1306.

(L to R) Gail Shelton, Sherry Black, Carol Hodges. Gaynelle Hayes, Lulu Benavidez, and Karen Flowers, Chair UnGala 2015 at Galveston College. Not pictured: Peaches Kempner, Alicia Cahill, Susan Lynch, Gail Ayers-Cantini, Kimberly Gaido, Mary Kay Gaido, Jeannie Janota, Linda Nathan, Cindy Sullivan, Dionora Vargas, and Maria Tripovich.




Pictured L-R:  Dr. Myles Shelton-Galveston College President and The Music Box Theater-Houston representatives Brad Scarborough-General Manager, Rebekah Dahl-Creative Director, and Luke Wrobel-Music Director.

The Un-Gala 2015 Host Committee


The Un-Gala 2015 Party Host Committee

Pictured from left to right:  Bottom Row:  Jeannie Janota, Peaches Kempner, Gail Shelton, Gaynelle Hayes, Karen Flowers.  On Stairs: Cindy Sullivan, Lulu Benavidez, Carol Hodges, Alicia Cahill.  Not appearing in photograph: Sherry Black, Gail Ayers-Cantini, Kimberly Gaido, Mary Kay Gaido, Susan Lynch, Linda Nathan, Maria Tripovich, and Dianora Vargas.


About Us

Mission Statement

The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning.

Students and Support

  • Almost 73% of Galveston College students attend part-time.
  • 38.2% of Galveston College students are enrolled in technical programs.
  • 41.6% of Galveston College students receive Pell-grants.
  • 43.8% of Galveston College faculty are full-time (vs. 39% state average).
  • According to the 2014 Almanac, Galveston College ranked 2nd in each of the three Texas Success Initiative (TSI) subject areas when compared to all other two-year public institutions. 


  • Scholarships - Nurture, Prosper
  • Facilities - Build, Maintain
  • Centers - Sustain, Expand
  • Annual Fund - Recruit, Retain

Galveston College Foundation

In 1996, the Galveston College Foundation formed a separate community based non-profit, an IRS 501 (c) 3, in large part, to establish the Universal Access program which was designed to reduce local high school drop-out rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level. The generosity of local businesses, individuals, and area foundations established an endowment of 3.1 million combined with federal assistance permits Galveston College to offer an unparalleled tuition assistance program for the well to do and underserved. Please see the Universal Access Guidelines and Foundation links. Consider a gift to Universal Access and click Donate Now.

GC Alumni 50th Anniversary Planning

The Office of Development and Galveston College Foundation in collaboration with senior administration and volunteer leadership seeks to grow an alumni association, an activities calendar for GC’s Golden Anniversary in 2016-17, pursue a grants calendar for bricks and mortar projects, and assure scholarship opportunities for deserving students.


Galveston College Foundation
Maria S. Tripovich, Director of Development and G.C. Foundation

4015 Avenue Q | Galveston, TX 77550 | Phone: (409) 944-1303
Fax: (409) 944-1500 | E-mail:

Updated 9/22/2015 - Content Author Lgreenfield