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FAU’s University Club Hosts Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 22, 2010) –The University Club of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., recently hosted its annual fundraiser at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Boca Raton. Event sponsorship was provided by members Tom and Maureen Workman and the FAU Libraries. The University Club’s annual fundraiser has become a staple of the Boca Raton social season. All the proceeds from this event and the silent and live auctions benefit the Club’s fundraising efforts on behalf of FAU scholarship awards, and college and library scholarships.
            Spearheaded by event co-chairs Alene Brewer and Rana Vitha, and honorary chairs Tom and Maureen Workman, the 2010 fundraiser brought together more than 70 University Club members and guests for a mystery dinner theatre experience and an evening of “whodunit” fun, followed by dancing. Using author John Berendt’s best-selling mystery “Mystery in the Garden of Good and Evil,” as inspiration, actors from Standing Room Only Productions presented their own version of the1980s Savannah, Ga., true crime story. The excitement really began when the professional cast assigned University Club members and guests from the audience to play key roles in the play, making for a completely original theatrical production. Those participating played suspects, victims and sleuths as the production twisted and turned its way to a surprising finale that was determined by the audience.
            “Our mystery dinner theatre event had great appeal,” said Alene Brewer, event co-chair and past University Club president. “Joining the actors on stage for this lively production was a real treat and made for a unique and unpredictable production. For guests who didn’t want to take center stage, the evening included dancing as well. Raising funds for FAU has never been more fun!”
            As in past years, this fundraiser presented an array of wonderful auction items. With auctioneer Bob Vettoat the helm, guests had the opportunity to bid on the top prizes, such as a weekend at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club donated by Dave Feder, FAU Board of Trustees member, and an FAU sports-themed basket donated by FAU Athletics.Silent auction items included a stained glass window crafted by artist Alice Chick, a lithograph and numerous gift certificates for local restaurants, treatment spas and hotels.  
            University Club members work tirelessly throughout the year to help FAU. The money raised from last year’s benefit provided scholarships and was used to purchase new exhibition display cases in the FAU Libraries. If you would like to join the University Club or find out more information about upcoming events, contact Gay Garlid at 561-558-1007 or Laura Kraft at 561-297-3575.

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The University Club, founded in 1976, develops and implements fundraising projects and encourages its members to give of their time, talent and energy to help achieve the goals of the University.  Over the years, the organization has contributed more than $700,000 to various University projects.  Membership in the University Club is open to all wishing to support FAU.

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