February 19, 2009

'A Blazin' Hot Night' Gala and Auction to Benefit VSU

VALDOSTA - The chance to bring home fine jewelry and luxury gifts is just part of the allure of Valdosta State University’s first “A Blazin’ Hot Night…Around the World” gala on Friday, March 13, in the University Center.

The black-tie optional event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a live auction and a gourmet dinner featuring an array of international culinary delights at 7:30 p.m.

Auction items include sporting trips, hunting excursions, private dinner parties, golf memberships, local artwork, and more. Each person in attendance will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win an exquisite piece of jewelry valued at $4,500 compliments of Steel’s Jewelry. The winner can choose from several pieces of jewelry on display or visit Steel’s Jewelry to make a selection of equal value.

“I am confident the gala will become one of Valdosta’s premier social events,” said President Patrick J. Schloss. “The gala is a way to celebrate the contributions of our alumni, friends, faculty and staff, while emphasizing the value added by their generosity.”

Proceeds from the dinner and auctions will benefit the VSU Foundation, Inc., which exists to support the development of educational excellence at Valdosta State University.

“State funding for higher education continues to decrease,” said John Crawford, vice president for Advancement. “It is crucial, now more than ever, to increase private and corporate gifts so that we can better leverage private dollars against state appropriations.”

Crawford said every person who is a part of this university benefits in some way from the generosity of donors and business who are devoted to the mission of Valdosta State University.

Crawford is joined by Dr. Maureen Schloss and Kay Jennett in creating “A Blazin’ Hot Night” gala. Members of Valdosta State’s Society of International Students will represent their native countries and serve as ambassadors for the evening festivities.

“There is such an outpouring of support from the community,” Crawford said. “Everyone is going the extra mile to make this event a success--businesses and individuals are graciously donating items for the auction and purchasing tables for the dinner.”

Tickets are $100 per person and $800 for a reserved table of eight. For more information and to purchase tickets, call VSU’s Special Events at 229-333-7446 or visit the Web site at www.valdosta.edu/gala .

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