"Paris in the Springtime . . . C'est Si Bon!," the theme of the 28th Annual Dinner Dance at DeSales University on Saturday, March 21, will evoke the elegance and romance of Paris in the 1950s. Festivities at the black-tie gala, to be held in Billera Hall, will begin with cocktails at 7:00 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner at 8:00 p.m., and dancing to the tunes of Rich Posmontier Music until midnight. All funds raised by the five-star affair benefit the DeSales financial aid program for deserving students. Held annually since it was first introduced in 1982, the event has raised more than $2 million in support of the worthy cause.
Co-chairs and the Gold Sponsors of this year's event are Dick and Penny Spugnardi, of Diversified Lighting Association in Allentown. The Silver Sponsors are Mr. and Mrs. John Leone and Wachovia Bank. The Bronze Sponsors are Bob Schermerhorn and the Entertainment Services Group, Inc., and Phoebe Floral Shop.
Admission is $200 per person. More than 700 guests, including business, professional and community leaders from the area, will be attending the event and sponsoring tables or providing contributions.
Collaborating on this year's design with its Parisian theme are Will Neuert, associate professor in performing and fine arts at DeSales, and sophomore theatre design student, Jenna Snyder, of Allentown.
Upon entering Billera Hall, guests will be transported to Paris of the 1950s. They will will be softly enveloped by the pink light of Paris, often the inspiration of Parisian artists, and rose-colored, hand-tinted images of the city of light. Fiber-optic stars will be twinkling in a velvet sky over a sparkling Eiffel Tower. Two-story crystal drapery swags will add elegant curve to the dance floor, grand stairs, and stage of the Parisian ballroom.
During the reception, which begins at 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy assorted hors'd oeuvres and a full bar. Dinner, which follows at 8:00 p.m., will include La Salade Verte, French endive and chicory salad with grainy Moutarde vinaigrette. The entrée will feature grilled filet au poivre and crab stuffed sole with lemon caper beurre blane accompanied by piped herb duchess potato and haricots verts with caramelized onion. Dessert will be crème brulee cheesecake aux framboises.
In addition to Rich Posmontier Music, the evening's entertainment will feature some of DeSales' talented dance students who will perform for the guests.
For more information, please contact Diane Moeser, director of special events at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1307, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release: "C'est si bon!," theme of 28th Annual DeSales Dinner Dance on Sat., March 21, evokes elegance and romance of Paris in the 1950s | Posted on: 3/18/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu