Don’t miss the ‘Party on the Ponderosa’ this Saturday

Sep 24, 2009

Now is the last chance to get advance tickets for the “Party on the Ponderosa.” Online ticket sales end at noon on Friday, Sept. 25., although tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.

The Party on the Ponderosa is the finale of Newman University’s 75th Anniversary celebration, and will raise funds for Newman student scholarships. The event will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Larry and Carla Stovall Steckline Ranch in Garden Plain, Kan.

Among the many activities at the party are a silent and live auction. A few of the items for sale are:

  • It’s a Puppy
    Bring home a 3-month-old UKC registered Beagle puppy. The farm-raised male pup was bred and born on Carla Steckline’s parents’ farm and is current on vacinations. The puppy is valued at $200 and was donated by Larry and Carla Steckline.
  • Trip for two to Rome, Italy
    Travel with Bishop Michael O. Jackels on his third Pilgrimage to Rome Oct. 31 through Nov. 8, 2009. The trip will include guided sightseeing, deluxe motor coach ground transportation, a private tour of the Vatican Museum, and side trips to Assisi and Orvieto (the site of a Eucharistic Miracle) with escorts throughout. Travel will include round trip economy class airfare, first class hotel accommodations, breakfast each day and several other meals. A valid passport is required. This package is valued at $6,000 and was donated by The Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
  • Colorado Cattle Company experience; life on a real cattle ranch
    Become a cowboy in a true western ranch adventure for a week with a friend. Experienced cowboys will help you gather and drive cattle, brand calves and mend fences. American quarter horses are available for you to ride as you explore the 500-acre ranch and help care for 500 head of cattle. A pool, sauna, comfortable modernized rooms and meals are included. This package is valued at $4,000 and was donated by Colorado Cattle Company.
  • Many more – See a list of auction items here.

The party will also feature:

  • A drawing to win a newly redesigned 2009 Chevy Aveo5 from Joe Self Chevrolet – Cadillac, Inc.
  • A western steak dinner, grilled chops and refreshments
  • Games including Prairie Golf and a shooting gallery
  • ‘Cowpoke Caricature’ portraits
  • Strolling entertainers in period costumes including “Buffalo Bill Cody,” the Dixie Lee Dance Troupe and fiddlers Chelley Graves and Sarah Baxter
  • Cowboy poet and western singer Dave Zerf
  • Gunfight re-enactments by Bigger Than Life Productions and Newman University staff
  • The Bucky Fowler Band
  • Fireworks
  • And much more

Newman students, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Provost Debbie Edens, the Cowtown Museum, and Buffalo Bob and the Cowtown Cowboys recently teamed up to make a video promoting Newman’s final Party on the Ponderosa.

Admission is $100 per person and everyone has the opportunity to win the vehicle from Joe Self Chevrolet – Cadillac, Inc. Visit The Party on the Ponderosa online to reserve your tickets today, or call the Newman University Advancement Office at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2228.