Party on the Plaza brings Tuscany to Newman campus


Party on the Plaza: A Night in Tuscany is only weeks away. This year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, following a 5 p.m. Mass in St. John’s Chapel at Newman University.

The annual fundraiser, once known as Party on the Ponderosa,¬†has evolved throughout the years. The party eventually moved to Founder’s Plaza on the Newman University campus after being held at the ranch of Mid-America Ag Network owner Larry Steckline and his wife Carla Stovall Steckline for many years.

The party has also seen different themes throughout its existence. The themes have included a Western feel, New Orleans flair, Octoberfest and is currently an Italian “Night in Tuscany.”

The evening includes a delicious Italian meal and complimentary wine and beer. An opportunity to support student scholarships will be available through a silent and live auction during the event, along with the popular Golden Ticket sales. Individuals will receive Golden Tickets with a $100 donation per ticket for a chance to win the live auction item of their choice.

The silent auction will have a new spin as well this year. The items will still be displayed live at the event, but all bidding will take place online via smartphones. For those without a device, volunteers will be stationed throughout the night with kiosks so participants can bid. All the items will be photographed and pictured online as well.

Tickets to the event are $120 and still available for purchase. For more information, contact Beth Fatkin at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2165.



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