An event that is shaping up to be the highlight of the spring season, The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation will present its eleventh annual dinner/performance fundraising event on Saturday, April 16, 2016, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Natives of Maine, The Mallett Brothers Band will provide this year's entertainment.
The annual dinner/performance is the Foundation's primary fundraising event of the year. The celebration brings together friends and family from the UMFK community, including staff, faculty, students, and community friends, who recognize the important contributions UMFK brings to both the St. John Valley region and the state. The people who attend, from the local area as well as from away, help to support endowed scholarships and other campus investments that the University needs to continue its important work.
The annual event includes a social hour at 5 p.m. and a five-course gourmet dinner to begin at 6 p.m., both in Nowland Hall. Aramark food services will cater the meal as a donation to the UMFK Foundation.
After dinner, the evening's festivities will move to the Fox Auditorium at 8:30 p.m., where The Mallet Brothers Band will perform their unique style of original music which spans across country, rock and roll, Americana and “alt-country” genres. The band is led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, with Adam Cogswell on drums, Nick Leen on bass, Wally Wenzel on dobro and electric guitar, and Andrew Martell on fiddle and mandolin. According to Sam Pfeifle (Portland Phoenix), “This band projects a self-assuredness that's infectious in a world where it's becoming harder and harder to find things that are real and genuine.”
At 9:30 p.m., the evening will conclude with a post-performance reception of dessert and champagne in the Nadeau Hall Conference Room.
Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the dinner/performance fundraising event are available through the UMFK Development Office by calling 834-7800. Individual tickets for the performance only are also available.
The UMFK Foundation supports endowed scholarships and other funds, student research projects, faculty research awards, cultural events, library collections, other campus investments and special projects not budgeted for in the University's annual operating budget.