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UMFK Foundation to host its first annual dinner theater

April 3, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation will host the first annual dinner theater on April 22, 2006.

The semi-formal event will kick off with a reception in Nowland Hall, followed by a performance of a song and dance production in Fox Auditorium.

The gala evening will begin with the social at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a musical revue at 7:30 p.m. entitled "An Evening with Cole Porter", which is produced by UMFK professor Joseph Zubrick.

An American composer and lyricist, Porter produced much of his best work in the 1940's and 50's. He wrote hundreds of songs for dozens of Broadway musicals and television shows. Many thought of Cole Porter as an international bon-vivant and also a dedicated musical professional.

Songs such as "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Too Darn Hot" became instant hits and have remained classics.

Porter has been featured on PBS's American Masters, an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists.

UMFK Foundation members are currently selling tickets to individuals and businesses. The cost of the ticket will be $40.00 per person, which includes the admission for the dinner and show.

In addition to selling tickets, UMFK Foundation is selling corporate tables and seeking corporate sponsors as part of the gala evening.

There are three opportunities offered for sponsorship of this wonderful event. Your business can be a sponsor for one of the following levels: "Gold", which includes one table of eight, a listing as a gold sponsor prominently in the evening program and you may bring a corporate sign or banner which will be hung in the dining room for the amount of $1,000; "Silver, which includes one table of six and a listing as a silver sponsor in the program for $500 or Bronze", which includes two tickets and a listing as a bronze sponsor in the program for $250.

The performers of the evening will consist of UMFK students and area talents.

"The UMFK Foundation is the fundraising support organization for the University," said Judy Paradis, president of the UMFK Foundation. "Our goal is the raise scholarship and unrestricted dollars to provide a margin of excellence for our university. Your support through gifts and participation in this annual fundraising event will help to support and sustain UMFK, our students and faculty."

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or becoming a corporate sponsor contact Linda Deprey, administrative assistant for gifts and special events at 834-7800.

Tickets are available at the UMFK Madawaska Alumni House located next to the Old Model School.

Please join us as we enjoy a wonderful evening celebrating UMFK and the UMFK Foundation.