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16th Annual Jewels of the Night Set for May 15 in The Pyramid

Published: May 3, 2010

The 16th Annual Jewels of the Night will take place on Saturday, May 15, from 5-9 p.m., in the Walter Pyramid. Noting that it’s the university’s 60th anniversary, the theme of this year’s event is “60 Years at the Beach.”

The schedule will have a silent auction from 5-7:30 p.m., live auction from 5:30-6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., program at 8:30 p.m. and dancing until 9 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the group “Hard Rain,” and magician Brian Gillis will perform at the event.

“This is a great event to see people and it is for a wonderful cause,” said Adam Wald, associate athletics director of external relations. “The event is all about the student-athletes who will be there — whether it’s serving food, escorting our guests to their tables or bringing auction items people have won to their tables. The student-athletes will be highlighted throughout the night.”

The goal of the event is to raise a minimum of $100,000, which goes directly to the scholarship fund that supports more than 300 student-athletes in their mission to fulfill their academic and athletic dreams.

This year’s event will feature more than 50 restaurants and a live auction in the Ukleja Room.

“In the past, the live auction has always been a part of the main program and you normally get 30-50 people who bid on the items and the other people just want to have a good time and chat,” said Wald, “and we felt that having the live auction on the floor takes that element out of it.”

According to Wald, the Ukleja Room will be turned into a club decorated to look like a Sotheby’s-style auction house and a club with different lighting and food. The cost to attend Jewels of the Night is $100, and an additional $50 to attend the live auction.

Live auction items include an Alaskan fishing experience of a lifetime, a seven-night, eight-day all-expenses-paid fishing trip for three to one of the finest remote fishing lodges in South Central Alaska; a trip for two to travel with the men’s basketball team when it plays the University of North Carolina Tar Heels next fall in the Dean Dome; and an all-inclusive Final Four Experience trip next year in Houston.

There will also be a Golden Opportunity raffle with prizes including two tickets on Jet Blue anywhere it flies; a $500 gift card and a one-year valet parking pass to South Coast Plaza; a wine extravaganza, which is a refrigerator with 16 high-end bottles of wine; a three-piece embroidered luggage set; a television; and an iPad.

For sponsorship opportunities or additional information, call 562/985-4662, e-mail or visit the event’s Web site.