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Tickets Available for 2010 MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 5, 2010) – Tickets now are available for UCM ’s 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Scholarship Dinner, planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in UCM’s Elliott Union ballroom.

UCM Alumnus Brig. Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray Returns as Keynote Speaker

Featured keynote speaker for the annual dinner is Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, a 1978 alumnus of the University of Central Missouri and former member of the UCM Mules basketball team. Cynthia Newsome, weekend news anchor for KSHB-TV Channel 41 NBC Action News in Kansas City, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray
Brig. Gen Arnold N. Gordon-Bray

Individual Tickets, Tables and Corporate Sponsorships Available

Individual tickets may be purchased at the gold level for $100, the silver level for $75, or the bronze level for $50 by contacting the UCM Office of Community Engagement, Elliott Union 224, at 660-543-4156. Tables of eight for the dinner are also available for purchase at the gold, silver and bronze levels by contacting the same office. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Corporate sponsorship opportunities available also are available.

Proceeds Support Freedom Scholarships

Proceeds from tickets sales and table sponsorships for the dinner support the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Scholarships, which are awarded each spring to high school students from the metropolitan Kansas City area and Johnson County, Mo. The 2009 class of recipients, all of whom currently are enrolled at UCM, will be recognized at the dinner.

Distinguished Military Student at UCM

Gordon-Bray was commissioned in the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Student through the U.S. Army ROTC program at UCM in 1978. He received a bachelor’s degree from UCM and master's degrees in International Strategic Studies from the United States Air War College and the Naval War College.

Gordon-Bray’s command assignments include Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division (Falcon Brigade), where he changed command in Baghdad on July 6, 2003 after more than 25 months; Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy; and Commander, “A” Company, 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Ky.

Prior to his current assignment as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cadet Command,Gordon-Bray completed his second tour in Iraq as the principal Advisor to the Iraqi Ground Force Commander from 2006 to 2007.

Celebration Includes Variety of Events

The Freedom Scholarship Dinner is the highlight of UCM’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Additional events include:

  • the Issues Forum, "Civil Rights as a Social Contract: A Campus Dialogue for Action." Planned for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14, the event will featuring Baron Kelly, noted educator and performer. Breakout sessions will examine all aspects of the topic.
  • presentation of the Community Service Awards in conjunction with the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center on Jan. 15. The MLK Service, Leadership and Humanitarian Award will presented during the chamber luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the White Rose Pavilion. Tickets are availble from the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
  • “A Day On, not a Day Off,” a day of community service, on Monday, Jan. 18. Volunteers from the UCM campus and the surrounding community join in the national event to complete a variety of projects for area not-forprofit agencies.
  • the annual MLK Gospel Concert, long a traditional part of the annual MLK celebration at UCM. The concert will feature gospel music from a variety of individual performers and choral groups at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 in Hendricks Hall. The event is free to the public.
  • The community blood drive on Jan. 27-28 provides an opportunity for all to give the gift of life as part of the MLK celebration..