By Matt Riedl, news editor
For the second year in a row, the Plaza will be loaded with lederhosen for the annual Party on the Plaza fundraiser Saturday.
The sold-out event is in its second year of the “Oktoberfest” theme.
“It’s the only Oktoberfest in Wichita,” Senior Administrative Assistant Kelly Reynolds said. “We wanted to give Newman a signature event.”
The purpose of the Party on the Plaza is to raise money for student scholarships at Newman University. It has consistently been the biggest fundraiser for the university year after year.
Last year the event raised approximately $93,000.
Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Cundiff is in her first year organizing the event, with the help of Reynolds.
The fundraiser, which Reynolds is in charge of decorating, will be lavish, Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Cundiff said.
“She has literally given every corner of this event her full attention,” Cundiff said. “There has been nothing left unturned.”
Toward the beginning of the event, a special beer barrel created by J.T. Klaus, class of 1987, will be tapped by City Councilman Pete Meitzner and President Noreen Carrocci. The barrel will be emblazoned with an NU logo.
Mayor Carl Brewer was originally scheduled to tap the keg but he had to cancel due to his overseas travels during the party.
To provide entertainment throughout the evening, a group of Troubadours led by Deanne Zogleman, Director of Music, will sing German drinking songs.
Senior Rebekah Baldridge will be performing German solo arias as well, rotating with Clint Stucky, director of occupational therapy, on the accordion.
This is in contrast to last year, when a country band played throughout theevening. Cundiff said this year’s party is trying to stay true to its German theme.
While all 500 tickets to the event, $100 a piece, are sold out, it is not too late for students to attend the affair.
Volunteers are still needed to fill a few open positions throughout the evening.
Every year, the event consumes about 800 volunteer hours from students, alumni, faculty, staff and other volunteers, Cundiff said.
Reynolds said the help of the baseball and wrestling teams in setting up and taking down is especially appreciated.
“Things go so much faster when they’re there to help us,” Reynolds said. “Last year we got it done in less than an hour.”
If you are interested in volunteering at the Party on the Plaza, e-mail Rey