Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 69

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n the lobby, a spectacular lighted
basketball and hoop greeted guests as
a unique chandelier. The famous Boat-
house Row of Philadelphia was outlined in
blue lights, Immaculata’s school color. The
PECO building’s crown lights displayed the
message, “Immaculata U. Mighty Macs
Women’s Basketball Champs 40th Anni-
versary!
.”
These lavish festivities were part of The
Mighty Macs The Movie Black Tie Gala, held
on March 29, 2011. This sold-out event,
for which there was a substantial waiting
list to get in, celebrated the 40th anniver-
sary of the team’s three national women’s
college basketball championships and in-
cluded a private screening of
The Mighty Macs
,
which will be released in October 2011.
The evening began with Cathy Rush
and many of the former Mighty Macs
signing basketballs in the Four Sea-
sons Hotel. The pink limousine then
ferried them to The Franklin Institute
to begin the events for the evening.
Guests gathered to enjoy fine food and
drinks in the Benjamin Franklin National
Memorial, where three glittering Water-
ford Crystal basketball trophies formed
the centerpiece. These trophies were
not awarded when the first national col-
lege women’s basketball tournaments
were held, but an anonymous donor
thought the teams deserved them now.
The entertainment for the evening fea-
tured Immaculata’s new choral group,
In Unison, dressed in costumes from the
movie. They delighted guests with soulful
renditions of American Pie, The Locomotion,
and other popular songs from the ’70s.
Guests were ushered into The Franklin
Institute’s IMAX® theater and formally wel-
comed by Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM,
Ed.D., Immaculata University’s president.
“In honor of the Mighty Macs’ trail-
blazing victories,” she announced, “U.S.
Congressmen Jim Gerlach and Patrick
Meehan have declared Tuesday, March 29,
2011 ‘Immaculata University Mighty Macs
Day’—while Philadelphia Mayor Michael
A. Nutter issued a tribute to the IU Mighty
Macs women’s championship basketball
teams.” Sister Patricia also thanked The
Mighty Macs director, Tim Chambers, for
bringing the team to the silver screen.
After an inspired piano performance of
pieces by Chopin and Scriabin from Im-
maculata’s resident Steinway Artist Dr.
William Carr, the movie screening began.
As guests gradually left the gala,
loath to leave, Immaculata students
and staff members presented them with
View-Masters with reels of Mighty Macs
photos and campus shots and with cook-
ies iced with a basketball design—a
fun finish to an elegant evening.
Banners hanging between the Franklin Institute’s pillars
hailed the Mighty Macs as heroes of intercollegiate
athletics. Guests clad in formal attire disembarked
from limousines and ascended a red carpet up the
steps to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
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