Old man winter couldn’t stop UIW’s 27th annual “Light the Way”

November 25, 2013
UIW Light the Way 2013
SAN ANTONIO – On Saturday, Nov. 23 over 5,500 guests joined University of the Incarnate Word President Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center for UIW’s 27th annual Light the Way. Due to the inclement weather, the event was moved from the Benson Stadium to the Convocation Center where guests were treated to traditional holiday entertainment and stood in awe as the crowd moved outside to watch Dr. Agnese and his guests officially kick off the season by flipping the switch and illuminating the campus in nearly a million vibrant twinkling lights. Guests were also treated to a fireworks grand finale. 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, T-Bone from the San Antonio Rampage, and straight from the North Pole Santa and Mrs. Claus who entered the Convocation Center accompanied by angels from UIW’s Brainpower elementary schools. The audience enjoyed special performances by UIW’s Chorale and Cardinal Marching Band as well as the UIW dance team. Choirs from Incarnate Word High School (IWHS), St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School as did the Brainpower Dance Team featuring dancers from IWHS and St. Anthony Catholic High School. UIW’s Institute of World Cultures Lion Dance Team surprised the crowd with the traditional Lion Dance for the Chinese New Year. The SACHS jazz band entertained the crowd along with headliner Tejano Music Legend and three time UIW graduate Patsy Torres.

After the official switch was flipped the Mariachi Las Coronelas entertained the crowd at a complimentary reception hosted by H-E-B and Sodexo. The 2013 Light the Way fireworks display was sponsored by Tobin Lofts.

Light the Way began twenty-seven years ago when Dr. Agnese shared his vision to unite the community in the spirit of the season. The campus will be open for self-guided tours through January 6.

Make plans to attend the 2014 Light the Way event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22. 2014.

Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, (210) 422-4052 or mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

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