23rd Annual Scholarship Gala

Friday, December 6, 2013
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Abromson Community Education Center, Portland


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Season of Light
USM School of Music 23rd Annual Scholarship Gala

Date:      Friday, December 6, 2013   
Time:     5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Place:    Abromson Community Education Center, Portland
For:        Hors d’oeuvres * Festive Banquet * Live Auction
               Music performed by USM music majors throughout the evening
FMI:       Binney Brackett, (207) 780-5003, brackett@usm.maine.edu

Sponsored by:  Portland Volvo
Gala image 1History
This year will mark the 23rd anniversary of the USM School of Music’s annual scholarship gala.  A signature event, this evening highlights the formidable talent of USM School of Music students, entertains hundreds of guests and most importantly, raises more than $50,000 net for USM music scholarships.

This year’s theme, La Stagione della Luce Veneziana: A Venetian Season of Light, will be reflected in the music, the menu and the décor of the venue.

Reservation Levels
A patron reservation is $90/person.  A Host reservation is $150/person.
More than 150 guests now join the Host Committee, including businesses that purchase “Corporate Host Tables for Ten.”  Host names are printed on the formal invitations and in the gala program books.

Hors d’oeuvres aGala Image 2re served during cocktails with a backdrop of holiday music performed by USM student music ensembles.  There is reserved seating at a festive dinner banquet with complimentary dinner wine and tableside serenading.  A welcoming champagne toast in Hannaford Hall will be made by University President, Theodora Kalikow, followed by a spectacular live auction, raffle drawing and announcement of the silent action winners. This all leads of to the grand centerpiece concert performed by talented USM School of Music students. The evening concludes with desert and coffee in the grand lobby accompanied by more live seasonal music.

Live Auction, Raffle, Silent Auction and Music Performed by USM Music Majors
The gala’s live auction is the “backbone” to raising funds for USM music scholarships through this elegant evening.  Each year, spectacular donations are auctioned-off by a professional auctioneer.

Importance of raising scholarship funds for the USM School of Music
Over the past twenty-three years, this scholarship event has raised more than one-half million dollars for scholarships, all of which has been awarded to talented, passionate and worthy USM music majors who in turn enrich our lives and the lives of younger generations throughout Maine, the country and beyond.


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