Party on the Plaza live auction sneak preview

Party on the Plaza

The annual Party on the Plaza is just around the corner. This year's event, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, on Founder's Plaza, has a brand new theme: “A Night in Tuscany.”

Listed below are three cannot-miss live auction items available this year, according to the official Party on the Plaza website:

$5,000 of Billboard Advertising

“Your business/event can get the attention it deserves with this rare promotion opportunity, using Rusty Eck billboards throughout the Wichita area. Includes 2 hours design time and setup fees.” (Donated by Les and Pam Eck, Rusty Eck Ford, valued at $5,220)

Condo in Belize

“Enjoy a seven-night stay in this 5-star luxurious island home with a picturesque view of the Caribbean Sea! The condo has 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps up to 6, luxurious, relaxing and quite spacious. Includes a $1,000 travel voucher.” (Donated by Tom and Karen Balbierz and Louis Campisani, valued at $3,500)

Planetarium from Heimerman Science Building

“Here is your chance to own a unique piece of Newman history! Own the last artifact from the beloved Heimerman Science Building, which housed this special planetarium was and is a scientific blast from the past.” (Donated by Newman University, value = priceless)

Also of note, the popular Golden Ticket is available once again. Donating $100 for a Golden Ticket means the possibility of choosing one of the live auction items before it begins. There will only be 100 Golden Tickets sold.

Party on the Plaza will begin with a 4:30 p.m. Mass in St. John’s Chapel located inside Sacred Heart Hall. After the Mass, the popping of the cork will officially kick off the party with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Before the live auction begins, enjoy an authentic Italian dinner featuring Florentine chicken breast, arista (stuffed pork), tortellini, sliced artisan Italian bread, and tiramisu and cannolis for dessert, plus more. The night’s events will conclude with the live auction at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are selling fast and the event may soon be sold out. As of Sept 7, only 24 individual tickets remain available. Tickets can be purchased in three ways: Visit the event’s official website to purchase online, call Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Coordinator Brielle Dunham at 316-942-4291 ext. 2445, or send in a check with the RSVP card received in the mail.

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