Ford Center 20th Anniversary GALA

On March 25, 2023, the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Mississippi will honor Sam and Mary Haskell with the Concerto Award to recognize their extraordinary patronage of the Ford Center and the Arts. They have gathered special friends from all over the country to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary GALA of the Ford Center in the Sam and Mary Haskell Theatre. These guest artists include Morgan Freeman as host and starring eight-time Grammy Award winners Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. as the headliners. Joining these great artists is a cavalcade of stars including Christine Baranski, Gerald McRaney, Delta Burke, Bellamy Young, Kathy Ireland, Pedro Segundo, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Guy Hovis, and Laurie Gayle Stephenson.

If you would like to become a sponsor, and help honor Sam and Mary on their special evening, we offer the following opportunities listed below. Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to support artistic programming at the Ford Center. 

Please select your sponsor type below. If you cannot attend but wish to join us in celebrating the Haskell family, select "No Perk" to make gift.


Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to The University of Mississippi Foundation are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! The University of Mississippi Foundation will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Call toll-free (800) 340-9542 or email

How do I give via check?

Please make your check payable to UM Foundation. In the memo line, please include the campaign name and "Appeal #02193" and mail your check to: UM Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655

How do I make a gift of securities?

Call toll-free (800) 340-9542 or email

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, The University of Mississippi Foundation accepts international gifts via credit card or check.

What is the institution’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number?

The University of Mississippi Foundation’s Tax ID Number is 23-7310293.

What is your refund policy?

By making a charitable gift to the University of Mississippi Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.

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