Gala Evening Includes Big Band and Auction

The Dakota State University Gala is Friday, July 9.  This annual event raises money for scholarships at the university.  The theme for this year's gala is Black and White Ball. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white.  The evening will include dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to Ken Rahn and His Big Band.gala chairs

Co-chairs for the gala are Alice and Maury Poppen and Nini and Jim Hart.  The chairs have been working with staff from the DSU Office of University Advancement on the décor, gathering auction items, and finalizing a menu. The event is catered by DSU Food Service.  

Judy Payne is excited about her first gala in the leadership role of Vice President for University Advancement at DSU.  "I have attended the gala, but not been on the working end of it," says Payne.  "I am quite frankly amazed at the outpouring of support from the community and surrounding area as we gather items for the auction and start receiving reservations for the event."   Payne says the goal is 200 gala guests, but notes there is room for more.  "The gala is the premier fundraising event for DSU, but besides that, the gala is just plain fun."  Payne notes that invitations were mailed to a large group, but one does not need to have received an invite to attend.  "This event is open to the public, and we do hope everyone takes the opportunity to attend." 

Several golf packages will be available for auction including a round of golf for two at Pinehurst #2 and airfare, and a Sutton Bay golf package for four including two rounds of golf, overnight stay and $500 voucher for food and beverage.  Guests can bid on NFL packages including a Green Bay Packers game trip for two, private game-day flight roundtrip from Sioux Falls and dinner after the game, or four tickets and a parking pass to an Arizona Cardinals game of choice between either the New Orleans Saints or the Denver Broncos.  Basketball fans can bid on a mini-suite for 24 at a Sioux Falls Skyforce game or a Phoenix Suns NBA package.

Many other items have been donated for the auction including tickets for two for the South Dakota Symphony's holiday performance and $50 gift card for Parker's Bistro; a Spanish wine and tapas items basket, a week's use for four of a two bedroom Palm Springs, CA condo on a golf course and airfare; a houseboat cruise on Lake Madison for 20 including hors d'oeuvres; catered Chinese-Italian fusion dinner for 6 at the home of Dr. Doug and Sharon Knowlton; pheasant hunt for four; $150 spa package. Two Black Hills vacation get-a-ways are also on the auction block.  One is a condo near Terry Peak that can sleep up to 20; the second is near Deadwood and sleeps 14. Art, including a numbered John Green print, and oil paintings by Brad Kringen and Jean Tommeraasen, tools, pottery, jewelry, purses and other assorted items are also being collected for the auction.  A complete list of auction items will be available soon on the DSU website. 

During the evening, guests can also buy pieces of cake for $10 apiece, one of which will include a ¾ carat diamond. There will be raffle tickets available as well, and guests can win a variety of donated prizes. 

Tickets for the gala are $75 and available by contacting the DSU Foundation at 256-5693. 

Pictured are Alice Poppen, DSU Food Service Director Jen Hauf, and Nini Hart.

Last Updated: 1/12/12