PAS Gala & Silent Auction 2011--A Night at the Oscars
The Performing Arts Society Gala and Silent Auction 2011 presents “A Night at the Oscars” Saturday, November 12 at the Western Illinois University Union First Floor from 5:00- 11:00 PM. MidAmerica National Bank is the official sponsor of the PAS Gala 2011.
Get ready for an “Oscar” experience where you are the star. The red carpet, paparazzi, photos at the “walk of fame” wall—and all of this for a great cause—supporting the arts. The evening begins at 5:00 PM with valet parking on both sides of Murray Street. Enter the Union at the new Murray Street entrance and walk into Hollywood!
A social hour from 5:00 to 6:00 PM will include the Gala 2011 signature drink, “Oscar’s Red Carpet.” Passed hors d’ oeuvres in the Prairie Lounge begin the evening: Jerk Beef on Crostini, South Indian Kabobs, Fried Mozzarella with Arugula and Prosciutto will please any palate.
Most importantly, the social hour gives Gala guests the opportunity to view and bid on the spectacular Gala Silent Auction items. This year’s auction items include trips, tickets to sporting and cultural events, golf opportunities, local services, jewelry, art, and so much more. Check the Silent Auction items at wiu.edu/pas for the most current list of auction items.
The Performing Arts Society (PAS) encourages all Gala guests to bid often and generously on the Silent Auction items, as the Silent Auction is the true fundraising aspect of the Gala.
The PAS fundraising supports the Youth Performing Arts Series, which brings thousands of area youth to the WIU campus to experience live arts performances. PAS funds cover transportation costs as well as attendance at the YPAS shows, which makes everything free of charge to the students and the schools. PAS also funds scholarships for students to attend Summer Music Camps; it supports the Bureau of Cultural Affairs; and it supports the Academic Support Program grants, which brings arts opportunities to the campus and community.
“A Night at the Oscars” dinner presents a fabulous menu that includes salad, three entrées, and a delicious dessert. Beginning with a Mesclun and Cherry Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, guests will choose from three entrees: Steak Oscar, Miso Glazed Salmon, or Roasted Vegetable Polenta Paradise with warm Tomato Coulis. All entrées will be served with Butternut Squash Risotto and Tricolored Carrots with Pearl Onions and Fennel. Dessert ends the evening menu: Lemon Mousse Parfait with White & Dark Chocolate garnished with Citrus Strawberries.
Chicago’s Park Avenue Orchestra entertains after dinner. “One of Chicago Lands premier Orchestra’s, the Park Avenue Orchestra employs some of the finest professional musicians in the Chicago-land area.” The Orchestra travels with a rhythm section, as well as a horn section and multiple vocalists. Their diverse song list ranges from familiar standards, jazz and swing to Motown, Oldies, and Contemporary Pop/Rock. With over 20 years of experience, the Park Avenue Orchestra keeps the dance floor filled by performing the widest range of musical styles possible.
Individual tickets are $70 per seat. Corporate tables are available at $90 and $100 a seat. Call 309.298.1618 for reservations or more information.
Dan Schmidt, faculty assistant and scene shop manager, and Scot Bouillon, faculty assistant and scene shop master builder, sculpt a prop for the PAS Gala 2011, “A Night at the Oscars.”
The $70 price is ticket to the event, dinner and dancing. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to donate to the Performing Arts Society, in support of our children and art community, by bidding at the silent auction, making a cash donation or by becoming a PAS Member.