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Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration Honors Volunteers and Leaders

January 23, 2017

BOISE, Idaho — The University of Idaho Alumni Association will honor two individuals for their achievements and service to the university at the Ada County Silver and Gold Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The event is 6-8 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom, 802 W. Bannock St. #202, in Boise.

Doug Gross ‘75 will receive the Silver and Gold Award for his record of achievement and service in the agricultural industry. Gross is the CEO of Gross Farms Inc. and recognized in the industry as an exceptional potato grower who is humble in his activities and accomplishments. He has served on the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) in various roles and been commended for his concern about how IPC programs impact the Idaho potato industry rather than how they impact him individually. Gross has been an active spokesperson and advocate for Idaho potato issues at state and national levels, making a wide range of media appearances and lending testimony to the Idaho State Legislature.

Gross has facilitated many opportunities and relationships between the university and students with the potato industry. Most recently he established an endowment for the potato program in UI’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The funds will be used for graduate students to tour the state visiting various aspects of the potato industry, from seed to sale.

Howard Foley ’69, ‘71
will receive the Jim Lyle Award for his long-term dedication and service to the university and the Alumni Association.

Foley is currently an attorney and shareholder at Foley Freeman, PLLC in Meridian. He has been an active member of the Vandal Scholarship Fund (VSF), serving for 15 years as a board member, one year as president at the national level. He has also provided informal legal consultation to Vandal Boosters Inc. In conjunction with Robie Russell, Foley helped Vandal Boosters Inc. register the trademark of the Joe Vandal logo. He has contributed to the growth of Vandal Booster chapters, being an instrumental organizer and founding member of the West Ada Vandal Booster Chapter. He continues to fundraise for VSF and has been recognized as the Vandal Booster of the Year twice. Foley actively helps with the Ada County Vandal Scramble, the Ada County Vandal Picnic, the Governor’s Gala and the weekly East Ada VSF chapter luncheons.

He has served as co-chair on the UI Law Class of 1971 Scholarship Contribution Committee and currently part of the steering committee to raise funds for the Idaho Arena.

For more information about this event, contact the UI Boise Office of Alumni Relations at 208-364-4030. Those wishing to attend should RSVP at Tickets are $25 per person prior to the event and $30 per person at the door.

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Whitney Schroeder
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Office of Alumni Relations

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