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Thursday, March 13, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SUPPORT FOR CHEFS EVENING -- Investar Bank is lending a hand to Chefs Evening, Southeastern Louisiana University's largest fundraiser, as a sponsor of this year's event, scheduled for Sunday, March 23. From left are Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate and foundation relations, Investar Regional President Cordell White, and Southeastern Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tasha Cooper.
HAMMOND – Every year part of the excitement of Southeastern Louisiana University's Chefs Evening, surrounds the silent auction. Scheduled March 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the newly opened Student Union Theatre, this year's Chefs Evening Silent Auction promises adventure in the form of trips to exciting destinations.
"With a renewed effort on bringing in a greater variety of items, the auction is certain to have something for everyone," said Southeastern Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tasha Cooper. "With over 75 items to be auctioned, the options will range from gift cards to local businesses to a fully paid trip to the 2015 Super Bowl, including airfare and accommodations. The auction is reason enough to attend this year, so don't miss out and don't be late. And don't forget your checkbook."
Items up for auction this year include a Top Gun Experience-Fighter Pilot Mission; a Sonoma, Calif., spa trip of four-days/three-nights at Fairmont Sonoma Spa and Inn; an Oahu, Hawaii, vacation of seven days/six nights with lodging, flight, tour and gift card included; 2015 NFL Super Bowl trip that includes four days/ three nights hotel accommodations, two tickets, flights, souvenir package, lodging and breakfast; 2014 Kentucky Derby trip includes four days / three nights, two derby tickets, car rental, breakfast; and two badges to 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
Additional auction items include a New York Fashion Week trip – three days /two nights with accommodations; a 2014 CMA Awards trip - two tickets plus lodging and breakfast; a shopping trip to New York – four days/three nights at the Plaza Hotel, two $1,000 gift cards and flight included; two cruise vouchers for the Steamboat Natchez and cocktail walking tour for two; a pie a month for a year; five days/four nights in Cancun; four one-day passes to Disney World; portrait session and one 16x20 photo; two subscriptions to the 2014-2015 Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert series at the Columbia Theatre; a pontoon boat ride on Pass Manchac; four Gulf States PGA Golf Passes; a meat basket; and a one-night stay at L'auberge Casino with dinner at Bon Temps Buffet.
The auction items were donated by Blue Tree Marketing, Gray Line Tours, Blue Ribbon Pies, Premier Cancun Vacations, Disney, Phillip Colwart Photography, LPO, Turtle Cove, PGA, E4C Farms and L'auberge Casino. Other items have been donated by Mignon Faget, the New Orleans Zephyrs, Blythewood Plantation, Sweetwater Riding Stables, Panera Bread, La Carretas, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Childrens Discovery Center, Perfectly Fit, N'Tinis, Hammond Florist, Dallas Stars, Canvas On Demand, Whole Foods, RedBox Movies, Tinder Box, White Oak, and many more.
Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of scholarships and academic programming at Southeastern. Hundreds of alumni and friends are expected to take part in this Southern Louisiana dining experience.
This year's sponsors include LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, First Guaranty Bank, Whitney Bank, Entergy, Holly & Smith Architects, Investar Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.