Evening Essentials at Honors Golden Gala
On Feb. 4, the J.N. Andrews Honors Program celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Golden Gala, an evening of beautiful sights and sounds at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, Mich. The gala featured live music by the Nova Quartet—a collection of Andrews University students—scrumptious food, and people dressed in their finest attire. Thus, while guests were attending and mingling together, I caught up with a few of the evening’s best dressed attendees to ask them about what they wore and why to the Golden Gala.
Love Malabrigo (freshman, medical laboratory science, pre-medicine) was a vision in pink, wearing a Lulu’s blush colored, high-low dress with silver strappy heels. Her choice of accessory was a diamond-encrusted gold-and-pink Fossil watch, and her hair was pinned up with two delicate ringlets framing her face. When asked how she chose this outfit to wear at the Gala, she explained that she wanted to wear “something simple and classy.”
Randy Sanchez, (senior, biology, pre-medicine), president of the J.N. Andrews Honors Program, looked sharp in a Hanayome black and white suit jacket, with black dress pants, shoes and a black bow tie. His choice of accessory was the golden Honors 50th anniversary pin placed nicely on the black lapel of his suit jacket. According to Sanchez, his Golden Gala look was one he had imagined wearing since he was in high school. “There was never an event to wear something like this before,” Sanchez said. He decided the Golden Gala was the perfect opportunity for him to wear this long-awaited, bold look.
Dr. Sonia Badenas, Assistant Professor of French, looked stunning in a White House Black Market silver A-line, black floral dress with sheer black tights and black heels. To top it off, she wore a simple black-and-gold Gucci watch, which she revealed was a gift from her husband. Badenas said, “It’s part of the winter line, which I deemed appropriate to a Gala in February, and I thought it was classy.”
Roy Mendizabal (Doctor of Physical Therapy, second year) looked dapper in a navy Express suit, a light blue dress shirt, and a silky red tie. According to Mendizabal, his dress shoes could not be forgotten as he attested to their comfort, affordable price, and the fact that they fit well. His choice of accessory, which Mendizabal claimed was “the most important part of the outfit,” was his Tom Ford black glasses with a gold stripe down the side. When asked why he chose this ensemble, Mendizabal explained that he owned many pin-striped and simple black suits, but he didn’t own many navy blue suits. Thus, he decided this event was the perfect time to branch out and experiment with a different look.