UMFK Foundation plans annual dinner/show gala

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent is gearing up for its 12th annual UMFK Foundation Dinner on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The annual event includes a social hour at 5 p.m. and a five-course gourmet dinner to begin at 6 p.m., both in Nowland Hall. Sodexo food services will cater the meal as an in-kind donation.

The meal and performance is the Foundation’s primary fundraising event of the year. The celebration brings together friends and family from the UMFK community, including staff, faculty, students, and community friends, who recognize the important contributions UMFK brings to both the St. John Valley region and the state. The people who attend, from the local area as well as from away, help to support endowed scholarships and other campus investments.

After dinner, the evening’s festivities will move to the Fox Auditorium at 8:30 p.m., where Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based quartet known for their dynamic live performances, will perform.

This band features rich harmonies, intense musicianship and the ability to transcend genres, paying respect to the traditions of Afro-Cuban son, salsa and rumba-flamenca, but Los Sugar Kings (named after a Cuban baseball team) also actively draw on influences from nearly every continent in their roots-rock-reggae fusion repertoire.

At 9:30 p.m., the evening will conclude with a post-performance reception of dessert and champagne in the Nadeau Hall Conference Room.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the dinner/performance fundraising event are available through the UMFK Development Office by calling 834-7800. Individual tickets for the performance only are also available.

The Foundation manages all proceeds from this event to support endowed scholarships and other funds, student research projects, faculty research awards, cultural events, library collections, other campus investments and special projects not budgeted for in the University’s annual operating budget.

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