Newman University to stage ‘Party on the Plaza’ to benefit student scholarships

Sep 02, 2010

Newman University will bring the sights and sounds of the French Quarter to life for its annual fundraising and social event with the “Party on the Plaza – New Orleans Style.” The event will take place from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. on Founders Plaza, just south of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.

Among the many activities scheduled for the evening are food and drink, a live and silent auction, a dance to the local Zydeco Cajun band The Mudbugs, and fireworks.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships at Newman University.

“We’ve always been pleased with the response we get to our annual fundraiser,” said Newman Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Borrego. “This year we’re building the event around a new theme that I think people will really enjoy. And, as in every year, the money raised will go to a great cause – supporting scholarships so that more students can attend Newman University.”

Veronica and J.V. Johnston
Veronica and J.V. Johnston are co-hosts for the Newman University fundraiser "Party on the Plaza." J.V. Johnston is also chair of the Newman Board of Trustees.

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to participate in the celebration of Sunday Vigil Mass in St. John’s Chapel on the Newman campus. Party on the Plaza activities beginning at 5 p.m. include songs by street performers, artists creating auction items on site, the opening of bids for the silent auction, and a version of the famous “Hurricane” drink from New Orleans.

At 6 p.m., participants will be treated to a succulent steak dinner, followed by a variety of sorbets and a live auction. The evening concludes with a fireworks display at 9 p.m., followed by a dance featuring music by the Mudbugs.

Reservations are required. Tickets for the entire evening are $100, $70 of which is tax-deductible. Tickets are also available for those arriving at 8:30 p.m. or later for fireworks, drinks and dancing for just $35, $25 of which is tax-deductible.

To reserve tickets, contact [email protected], or 316-942-4291, ext. 2228 or visit

Sponsors for this event include:

Legacy Bank

Presenting sponsor

Foley Equipment Company

Firework sponsors

Catholic Family Federal Credit Union
Menges Rental

Event sponsors

ABC Liquor
Adorers of the Blood of Christ
Donlevy Lithograph
House of Schwan
Noreen Carrocci and Bob Benson
Wescon Products
Wichita Business Journal

Party hosts

Bell Carpet and Floor of Abbey Carpet and Floor
Bob and Anne Simpson
Dale and Alice Wiggins
Great Western Dining
Jill and Tom Docking
Mid America Exteriors
Tony and Miriam Madrigal
Via Christi Health
Westar Energy