Kennesaw State anniversary benefit only two weeks away

As Feb. 9 approaches‚ the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts is making last−…

Georgia (Jan 29, 2002) — Kennesaw State anniversary benefit only two weeks away



As Feb. 9 approaches‚ the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts is making last−minute preparations for a grand benefit celebrating Dr. Betty L. Siegel's twentieth anniversary as president of Kennesaw State.

"Reservations were pouring in before we even sent out the invitations‚" says arts Dean Joseph Meeks. "We knew that people really respected Dr. Siegel‚ but we have been truly touched by the community's support not only of her but also for the arts at KSU."

To honor Dr. Siegel and her husband‚ Dr. Joel Siegel‚ and to celebrate their love of the arts‚ the School of the Arts and a committee of community volunteers have organized a gala benefit called "An Italian Affair." To be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre Feb. 9‚ the evening will begin in the foyer outside the ballroom with a festive Italian street carnival‚ complete with roaming musicians‚ theater performers and souvenir photos against backdrops of Venice's memorable landmarks. Guests will have the opportunity to peruse an extraordinary array of silent auction items including a trip to St. Andrew's Golf Course in Scotland‚ a holiday retreat in a private Tuscan villa‚ dinner for 15 catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill‚ Delta vacations‚ art‚ antiques‚ a fossilized dinosaur egg and much more.

Then‚ the celebration moves into the ballroom for an elegant dinner followed by live music performed by Grammy nominee Freddy Cole and his band. "We think guests will have a fantastic time‚" says benefit committee co−chair Leone Ackerly Hinzman‚ Founder/CEO of MiniMaid Services Inc. "What better way to start celebrating Valentine's Day early!"

In addition to ticket sales‚ items for the silent auction and event sponsors are continuing to multiply. Already Bank of America‚ Northside Hospital‚ AGL Resources‚ BellSouth Corporation‚ Town Center Mall‚ Jack Wilson‚ Mr. & Mrs. Barry Teague‚ C & S Paving‚ Bentley‚ Bentley & Bentley‚ Our Way/Bobbie Bailey‚ Rosser International‚ Riverside Bank‚ Cobb EMC‚ United Community Bank‚ Sarah Brown‚ JoAnn Durham‚ Bob Prillaman‚ Houston Brothers Inc.‚ Hall Printing‚ Cobb Galleria Inc.‚ Marietta Daily Journal‚ Carrabba's Italian Grill‚ Cox Printing Company Inc.‚ Delta Air Lines and MiniMaid Services Inc. have made major contributions.

"If you haven't made a reservation yet‚ I recommend you do so soon‚" Dean Meeks says.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the KSU School of the Arts and the new‚ endowed Betty and Joel Siegel Theater Scholarship.


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