Fire & Ice gala to support scholarships for Dixie State University students

Attendees peruse silent auction items during a past Fire & Ice gala. This year’s gala is set to take place at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the SunRiver St. George Community Center.

ST GEORGE, Utah — In an effort to raise support for need-based scholarships for Dixie State University students, The Dixie Foundation will host the 13th annual Fire & Ice gala on Feb. 24.

The black tie optional, Mardi Gras-themed evening will consist of dinner, a live auction and a silent auction. Members of the community have donated various items, from vacation packages to collectibles, to be auctioned off at the gala. All proceeds will directly benefit Dixie State students who, because of financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue a college education.

“Because of the many amazing volunteers that come together to make this event possible, 100 percent of the proceeds go to scholarships for students in need,” Ronda Neilson, Fire & Ice Gala chair for The Dixie Foundation, said. “The spirit of giving back is strongly felt by everyone involved in preparing this worthwhile event.  It is truly incredible how everyone’s focus is giving and making a difference for someone in need.  I am overwhelmed by the time, talent, resources, service and products that are donated each year to put this event together.”

The highlight of the evening, for many attendees, is learning about the students these scholarships help.

“What a wonderful experience it is for all in attendance to be introduced and learn more about these individuals and how the Fire & Ice scholarships have impacted their lives,” Neilson said. “Lives are changed because of this organization.”

One such scholarship recipient is Josie Wight, who recently graduated from Dixie State’s nursing program. Wight started attending classes at DSU after leaving the FLDS religion.

“After leaving Colorado City, I not only wanted a good education, I needed one so I could take care of my kids and move forward with my life and career,” Wight said. “When I received the scholarship, I was a single mother of three kids, worked all night as a CNA in the operating room and had school all day. It was a lot for just one person to handle. I am just so thankful for the scholarship because it allowed me to focus on my life, my kids and my future.”

The Fire & Ice gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the SunRiver St. George Community Center. For more information about the gala or to inquire about tickets, contact Ronda Nielson at or

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