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El Centro 50th Anniversary Celebration

This article appeared in an April 2017 issue of the student newsletter.

​By Marielle McGregor

On April 28, DJ Sober won't be spinning for Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Cowboys or Beauty Bar. He'll be rocking a 50th anniversary party in historic Deep Ellum.

The Mayor of Dallas will be there.

Fashion Group International will be there.

Chancellor May will be there.

Curious who the party's for?

El Centro College – the first, and the most metropolitan, Dallas Community College. 

50th Anniversary Celebration

Besides one of the best DJs in Dallas, El Centro College's 50th anniversary celebration includes a sit-down dinner, jazz band, silent auction, live entertainment, dancing and a cash bar. The party runs 7 p.m. - midnight at The Bomb Factory (2713 Canton St.) A special VIP reception for dignitaries, community leaders, sponsors and leadership will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni from El Centro College are already finding ways to contribute to the celebration including Paige Bluejacket, who will MC the evening, and two fashion marketing graduates – Molly Johnson and Carly Mauldin – who are decorating the venue entrance. Inside, gold mannequins will represent garments from each decade with apparel from Fashion Design Historic Costume Collection. There will also be a 1966 Mustang on site for auto enthusiasts, complete with its signature "slotted" grille and AM/eight-track sound system. It was the best-selling convertible in 1966, the same year El Centro College opened its doors.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Ready to party?

Tell a friend, snag some tickets and dress in business cocktail. The El Centro College 50th Anniversary Celebration is almost here!

Tickets for the April 28 celebration are available online at Early bird tickets are $50 (purchased on or before March 31, 2017). Regular tickets are $100.

VIP tickets are also available with sponsorship. As of March 6, gold sponsors include The Fashion Group International of Dallas; silver sponsors include Year Up, Downtown Dallas Inc, American Leather, Blackboard and Texas A&M University College of Engineering; and bronze sponsors include Tarleton State University—Midlothian. Friends of El Centro include AXA Advisors and 9295 Event Design Studio.