‘Party on the Plaza – Oktoberfest’ draws 500 in support of Newman University
The event, which is the university’s largest single fundraiser of the year, raised more than $100,000 to help support student scholarships. This year’s party again featured a Bavarian theme complete with authentic German food, drink and music. Following a 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. John’s Chapel, the event kicked off with a ceremonial “tapping of the keg” and the opening of a silent auction featuring scores of donated items.
The event also featured a German dinner of sauerbraten (marinated beef), Cornish game hen and several side dishes, and a choice of Black Forest cake or apple strudel. The night was capped by a live auction featuring such items as a big-screen TV, Carrie Underwood concert tickets, and authentic, home-style Italian dinners prepared by Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.
“We were very happy with the turnout, and the enthusiastic response to the auctions,” Carrocci said. “It was a great event that just gets better every year. I thank everyone – our sponsors, guests, students and Newman faculty and staff – for making it all possible.”
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