On Saturday, Nov. 17 nearly 7,500 guests joined UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. at the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium for the 26th Annual Light the Way event, A Miracle on Broadway. Dr. Agnese officially kicked off the holiday 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, his daughter Christi and H-E-B’s Director of Public Affairs Dya Campos. The campus lighting was the final event in a fun-filled evening sponsored by H-E-B.
In addition to Cuellar and Campos, special guests for the evening included T-Bone from the San Antonio Rampage, Red the Cardinal and the ever favorite Santa and Mrs. Claus who entered the stadium on a horse drawn carriage accompanied by angels from the elementary schools of UIW’s Brainpower Connection. Emcees for the evening were KSAT 12 anchors 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, 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 was open for self-guided tours through Jan. 6 and an additional 2000 guests visited the campus over the holiday period.