On March 21, the University of Michigan chapter of ASDA held their Annual ASDA Gala. The ASDA Gala is an event put on by ASDA open to the entire School of Dentistry student body in order to celebrate another successful year prior to the graduation of the fourth-year students. This year, the event was held for the first time at the Club Above, a private room above Heidelberg, a German bar in Ann Arbor.
As the event began at 9:00 p.m., people began to trickle in. It was soon apparent that the event attracted a large crowd, as the 300-person room filled and the line wound out the door. The event attracted a majority of first-year students, who boast a 92% class registration in ASDA (the largest fraction of any class), as well as students from second through fourth years and the hygiene program. The event, which was not intended to act as a fundraiser, ended up making a significant amount of money for the chapter with non-ASDA students and guests being charged at the door. All in all, more than 500 people showed up throughout the night, and the event was a great success.
This ASDA Gala also marked the first time that the organization crowned its ASDA Gala King and Queen, the two students who had the highest attendance at ASDA events throughout the year. This year, there were a number of students with equal total attendance, so a drawing took place to crown the King and Queen. Derek Schmidt and Madeline Connick, both first-year students, were crowned and shared a bottle of champagne.
As this event marks the nearing end of the year, a lot of students saw it as one last hurrah. “It was really great to have all the different classes together outside of school,” Nick Reece (2018) said. “After a year of getting to know everyone, it was a great way to start looking forward to our second year.”