Newman thanks sponsors of Party on the Plaza: Roaring 20’s

Jul 05, 2023
Newman University Party on the Plaza 2022

The countdown for Wichita’s Party on the Plaza: Roaring 20’s fundraiser on Sept. 30 is officially on, and Newman University has several generous sponsors to thank.

Scholarships equal opportunity for students with a collegiate dream, and for some, pursuing higher education wouldn’t be possible without financial support. By purchasing a ticket and participating in other fundraising efforts throughout Party on the Plaza, each guest helps students realize their dream of earning a degree. 

Last year, Party on the Plaza attendees contributed to the grand total of $167,000 raised in just one evening. The goal for 2023 is to surpass this amount and benefit even more Newman University students.

Without the support of current and past sponsors, this impactful night of fundraising, thrilling entertainment and unique auction items would not be possible.

Aerial shot of Party on the Plaza at Newman University.
Aerial shot of Party on the Plaza at Newman University.

VIP Sponsors – $10,000

David ‘01, ‘11 and Glenna Borho have served as VIP sponsors of Party on the Plaza for nine consecutive years.

David Borho '01, '11
David Borho ’01, ’11

“The mission of the university is that students will earn a degree of difference,” David said. “There is an opportunity for young people to be educated in a very holistic manner, not just in books but life in general.”

Glenna added, “We often think about just how many Newman students we can help when we extend money to Newman, not only for Party on the Plaza but also additional money for scholarships. We love to help and we have an affinity to help. Not only while we’re here, but once we’re gone.”

Dale Withers is also a VIP sponsor for Party on the Plaza: Roaring 20’s.

Eldon Ford of Southwest Truck Parts has worked alongside Withers for nearly 20 years. Although neither Ford nor Withers are alumni of Newman, Ford is impressed by Withers’ willingness to support the university.

(From left to right) Eldon Ford and VIP Sponsor Dale Withers at the 2022 Party on the Plaza.
(From left to right) Eldon Ford and VIP Sponsor Dale Withers at the 2022 Party on the Plaza.

“I’ve always been impressed by his contribution to different kinds of charitable groups,” Ford said. “This one hits home a little bit with me because I had a granddaughter that went to school here a couple of years ago. She didn’t come from a family with a lot of resources and it means a lot to me that our company sponsors and supports organizations or events like this, where funds are raised for kids to go to college here.”

“We think that’s a wonderful thing,” Ford added.

Charity is a great gift, but it is one that many are hesitant to give, but you all have been more than generous. Thank you for giving me so much hope for my future and for helping me see Christ.

Isabel Porres, Newman junior

Presenting Sponsors – $5,000

  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ
  • Legacy Bank

Without the support of donors at events like Party on the Plaza, these scholarships would not be available to help aid families in affording an abundant college education for their son or daughter.

Eliana Gaytan, Newman sophomore

Event Sponsors – $2,500

  • Triplett Woolf & Garretson LLC
  • Dr. Noreen M. Carrocci and Bob Benson
  • Drs. Kathleen and Jim Jagger

Table Sponsors – $1,200

  • Archie Macias ’74
  • Butler Community College
  • Catholic Diocese of Wichita
  • Imagequest: a Xerox Co.
  • J.T. Klaus ’87
  • Professional Engineering Consultants
  • Simpson Construction
  • Mary P. (Grelinger) Cordel ’84
  • Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

As an ASC Service Scholar, we give back to our community through Newman or other nonprofit organizations each year by volunteering up to 90 hours. Being a part of that effort and receiving scholarships to assist my education has been amazing.

Savana Tholken ’21
Roaring 20's Party on the Plaza logo

From securing sponsorships, silent and live auction items to finding volunteers to help set up at Party on the Plaza, “it truly takes a village to pull off an evening like this,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Bob Beumer.

“Our sponsors are everything, and we can’t thank our volunteers enough for what they do for Newman,” Beumer said. “Without the sponsors bringing tables full of people and spreading the good word of what we’re doing here at Newman, we couldn’t do it without them. We certainly appreciate what they do for us.”

Video: Party on the Plaza 2022

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Party on the Plaza: Roaring 20’s on Sept. 30 is about more than just food, drinks and fun. It is about living out the Newman mission and truly transforming society.