SAN ANTONIO – On Saturday, Nov. 17 nearly 7,500 guests joined University of the Incarnate Word President Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium for the 26th annual Light the Way ceremony. Dr. Agnese officially kicked off the season by flipping the switch and illuminating the campus in nearly a million twinkling lights and setting off a fireworks display to end the show. He was assisted by Congressman Henry Cuellar and his daughter Christi. The campus lighting was the final event in a fun-filled evening sponsored in partnership with H-E-B.
Special guests for the evening included H-E-B’s Director of Public Affairs Dya Campos, Congressman Cuellar and his daughter Christi, T-Bone from the San Antonio Rampage, and the ever favorite Santa and Mrs. Claus who entered the stadium on a horse drawn carriage accompanied by angels from the UIW’s Brainpower elementary schools. Emcee’s for the evening were KSAT 12’s Ursula Pari and Steve Spriester. The audience enjoyed special performances by UIW’s Chorale and Cardinal Marching Band as well as choirs from Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School. The St. Anthony Catholic High School jazz band with featured singer Sarah Centeno also entertained the crowd along with headliner Tejano Music Legend Patsy Torres and jazz crooner Ken Slavin who performed a duo reminiscent of a classic Christmas.
After the official switch was flipped the Mariachi Las Coronelas led a candlelight procession through campus to UIW’s Dubuis Lawn for a complimentary reception hosted by H-E-B. The campus will be open for self-guided tours through January 6.
Light the Way began twenty-six years ago when Dr. Agnese shared his vision to unite the community in the spirit of the season. While Dr. Agnese was interviewing for the leadership of the school, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word drove him through the beautiful lights displayed in the Windcrest neighborhood. It was then that he envisioned the entire campus illuminated by festive lights and the opportunity to share the experience with visitors of all ages.
Make plans to attend the 2013 Light the Way event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, (210) 422-4052 or firstname.lastname@example.org