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Contact: Angey Murray
Date: 3/8/05
     HAMMOND – Plan to travel to the Far East Sunday, April 3, as the Southeastern Development Foundation presents Chefs Evening 2005,  the university’s popular “dinner party for a good cause,” featuring treats and libations from area restaurants, bars and grills and wholesalers.
     One of the university’s most popular events, the annual food festival fund-raiser will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University Center.
     “All of the funds raised from Chefs Evening ticket sales support academic areas,” said Vice President for University Advancement Joe Miller. “This is one of the few sources of discretionary support that academic deans have, and they use Chefs Evening funds to enhance their programs.”
     Chefs Evening coordinator Sarah Schillage and her decorating crew plan to turn the University Center arena into an oriental wonderland, with hanging lanterns, paper parasols, and pagodas.
     Now on sale, individual tickets for Chefs Evening are $40. Patrons can also choose from a variety of ticket packages which can include the popular Patrons Party with a champagne toast at the university president’s residence.
     Chefs Evening ticket packages and their rewards are:
     · The President’s Medal: $500, eight tickets each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening, the Patrons Party and a reserved table for eight.
     · Summa Cum Laude: $425, eight tickets for Chefs Evening and a reserved table for eight.
     · Magna Cum Laude: $150, two tickets each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening and the Patrons Party.
     · Cum Laude: $75: one ticket each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening and the Patrons Party. 
     A number of “grab bags” will also be available for purchase at the event. The bags will include mystery items such as dinner for four at area restaurants, tickets to the National D-Day Museum and Harbor Jazz Cruise, and passes for Longue Vue house and gardens. Another highlight of the evening will be a silent auction including items such as an “Extreme Room Makeover,” a package complete with credit for furniture, flooring and more from area retailers.
     To obtain tickets or for further information, contact the Development Foundation at 985-549-2239.