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Tickets on sale for Chefs Evening's 'Cheers for 25 Years' -- March 8 at Pennington Center

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Tickets are now on sale for Chefs Evening 2009, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual “dinner party for a good cause.”

     With a theme of “Cheers to 25 Years,” Chefs Evening 2009 is scheduled for March 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a new venue, the Pennington Student Activity Center.

     The annual event, celebrating its 25th year, will once again feature culinary offerings and libations from area restaurants, bars, grills, and wholesalers, along with a raffle and silent auction including items in all price ranges, said the Southeastern Development Foundation’s Lynn Harris Horgan, who is sharing the coordination of Chefs Evening 2009 with her colleague Adrianne Roques.

     “We can hardly believe that Chefs Evening has reached the quarter of a century mark,” said Wendy Johns, assistant vice president for university advancement. “Through the years Chefs Evening has been such a wonderful blend of ‘friend-raising’ and ‘fund-raising.’ On one hand, it provides the opportunity for the campus and the community to socialize together at an elegant, entertaining event. On the other hand, it raises funds that go directly to Southeastern’s academic programs. With potential higher education budget cuts, private donations are particularly crucial now.”

     For its 25th anniversary celebration, Chefs Evening is moving from the University Center across to the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street. The move will allow the Chefs Evening to comfortably accommodate more guests and restaurants, Horgan said.

     To give the Pennington Center’s spacious floorplan the festive atmosphere that is a hallmark of Chefs Evening, Horgan said decorations will echo popular Chefs Evenings themes from previous years – “Oriental,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Safari,” and “Tropical.”

     “All of our Southeastern friends and supporters from the campus and community are invited to join the fun,” she said.

     Chefs Evening tickets are $50 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight. For those who also wish to attend the pre-event Champagne Toast party, scheduled for the university President’s Residence from 4-5 p.m. immediately preceding Chefs Evening, tickets are $75 or $575 for a party of eight.

     Tickets are available from Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239.

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