Major donors, alumni board members, and administrators celebrated the opening of the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center with an inaugural gala during Homecoming that featured the music of BYU professor Ray Smith (BM ’75), entertainment by Vocal Point and the Ballroom Dance Company, and food from Asia, Mexico, and the United States. Dancing and fireworks capped an evening chaired by Alumni Relations employee Sally R. Ripple. “This was an elegant night and demonstrated to us all that this wonderful building is the ideal place for these kinds of celebrations,” says Linda M. Palmer (BS ’71), managing director of Alumni Relations.

Hinckley Center

At the Hinckley Center’s inaugural gala, J. Craig McIlroy (BA ’78), the BYU alumni president, and his wife, Bertha Hiskey McIlroy (BS ’76), demonstrate the dancing skills they used as members of the International Folk Dance Ensemble when they were students,

Hinckley Center

The evening weather cooperated for a festive display of pyrotechnics.

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