Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-01

Friends of Preparatory Music Advisory Board, a support group of the Samford University Preparatory Music Department, will hold a benefit gala dinner and silent auction Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Wynfrey Hotel ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for viewing of silent auction items.

Guests will enjoy entertainment by the Preparatory Department Honors Ensemble. Auction items include themed packages and baskets of treats ranging from concert and play tickets to spa passes.

Proceeds will support an endowment fund for scholarships, diversification of program offerings, and the department's overall operation and facilities.

Tickets are $62.50 individual or $125 couple. Tables for 10 are available for $625, $750 or $1,000. Children's tickets for a special chicken finger meal are available for $50.

The Samford Preparatory Department offers music education and performance opportunities for students of all ages. The program currently enrolls 234 students in its pre-school, school-age and adult classes.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.