The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Foundation will host its 16th annual UMFK Foundation Gala dinner and entertainment fundraiser on Saturday, May 13, 2023, on the UMFK campus. The Kentucky Derby-themed event will feature a southern tea, and guests are encouraged, but not required, to get in the spirit of the evening by dressing in Derby attire.
“We are thrilled to welcome our local businesses and partners to UMFK for the Gala fundraiser in support of our amazing students,” said event chairperson and Foundation Vice President Nichole Jandreau. “Helping our students is a cause I am passionate about, and am lucky enough to witness the positive effects of the work of the Foundation every day. We look forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor on May 13!”
The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with a southern-style tea party at the UMFK Blake Library with signature drinks and light appetizers. At 5 p.m., guests will move to the quad under a heated tent for a very impressive derby-inspired seven-course dinner, followed by an evening of dancing with music provided by Pulse Entertainment. A dessert station and cash bar will remain open during the evening.
“The Gala will be a fun evening of great food, lively entertainment, and reconnecting with friends from the community and beyond,” said Foundation President Stephanie Chick. “We are honored to be raising money in support of our UMFK-centered mission while having fun in the process. We simply can’t wait to share all the ways your donations have made positive impacts over the recent years.”
The UMFK Foundation financially supports academics, research, scholarships, facilities, and more that are not budgeted in the University’s annual operating budget. This important work assists the University in providing students access to opportunities to ensure they reach their full potential.
The Gala is the Foundation’s primary fundraising event of the year. The celebration brings together businesses and organizations; the UMFK community – including staff, faculty, and students; and community friends. Attendees include supporters from the local area and beyond who recognize the important contributions of the UMFK Foundation.
If you are interested in attending this great event and supporting the UMFK Foundation, gold, silver, and bronze sponsorship levels are still available. The deadline to sponsor a table is Friday, April 21st. Individual tickets are also for sale.
To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact the UMFK Development Office by calling Shannon Lugdon at 207-834-7800.