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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.