Development and GC Foundation


The Music Box Theater-Houston Is Key for Un-Gala 2015 Cabaret at Galveston College

The Music Box Theater-Houston will turn the key for the first UnGala at Galveston College on Saturday October 10, 2015 “Hernando’s Hideaway Cabaret Cuba!” from 6:30-9:00 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 UnGala 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 consistently commend the troupe for professional excellence, humor, sensitivity, and unmatched vocals.

Terrific 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, and impromptu play for night owls. Guests may be inspired to attire—straw and Panama hats, breezy dresses, chic slacks, linen shorts, Guayabera shirts, bonny pirate fashion, or whatever is totally unexpected is what an UnGala is all about!

Corporate sponsorships and underwriter table sales are available through Labor Day 2015: 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 $150.00 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.




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 Party!


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.

Un-Gala 2015 under wraps for Galveston College!

The Party Host Committee for Galveston College met May 21, 2015 at the beautiful West End home of Galveston College Regent, Karen Flowers, to plan the Island’s first-ever UnGala for October 10, 2015.

Seventeen savvy women joined forces to plot and plan a highly unconventional, untraditional evening of unmatched entertainment for the inaugural “un”! The uncommon evening promises to offer an unparalleled opportunity to unwind in an intriguing atmosphere that is unfettered by the conventions of a black-tie affair.

For those who can’t wait to know the details, a few facts are known: Galveston College’s respected  Allied Health/Nursing Program and coming Performing Arts Center will benefit directly, and there will be no ball gowns, no tuxedos, no raffles nor live or silent auctions!

Upon buying or sponsoring a table at $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 or individual tickets @ $150.00, guests will get the secret password to the unearthly transformed Seibel Foundation Wing. The evening’s amusement will tantalize the most jaded gala goers……….Limited to only 200 UnGala guests.

Sponsorship letters are in the mail. Save the Dates on the way. And invitations for lucky folks. Be among them, call Galveston College Development at (409) 944-1303 or 1306 or e-mail  or

Details under wraps for now! More to come.


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 8/27/2015 - Content Author jalejos