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November 8, 2007


Dine, Dance the Night Away for a Good Cause
at An Evening of Elegance
Proceeds benefit the Deborah C. Sears Scholarship Fund

(Carson, CA) The hundreds of stylishly dressed individuals who will be attending An Evening of Elegance on Saturday, Dec. 1, will be doing more than enjoying a night of dinner and dancing. They also will be supporting students at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

An after-five attire affair organized by the CSUDH Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), An Evening of Elegance is the primary fundraiser for the Deborah C. Sears Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1996 in honor of the long-time faculty member who died of cancer that year at the age of 47. Since 2002, the event has raised more than $25,000 for the fund.

“Where else can you eat a great meal, dance the night away AND support a good cause at the same time?” asks Loretta Adikhai, planning committee chair. “I can’t think of one place.”

Through the Sears Scholarship, two to three scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment of service to the university and the community, ideals which Sears felt strongly.

This year, two scholarships were awarded, to Robert Landrum, a senior majoring in physical education, and Erika Miller, a freshman majoring in computer science. They will be recognized during the evening.

Adikhai said this year’s An Evening of Elegance is expected to be one of the best ever. One reason is the location. For the first time, the event is taking place on campus, in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the university’s new Loker Student Union. The facility opened this past February.

Additionally, live music at the event will be provided by Sai Whatt Band, a widely known R&B band that performs throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including at the Dynasty Club in Inglewood and The New Townhouse Club in Los Angeles.

The evening will begin with a no-host cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., during which guests can bid on silent auction items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, and two nights at the Double Tree Hotel in San Francisco, to name a few. Dinner will commence at 7:30 p.m., with dancing at 9 p.m.

Tickets for An Evening of Elegance are $65 per person or $120 per couple. Table discounts are available. An order form to purchase tickets is available for download at www.csudh.edu/bfsa/calendar.asp, or by calling (310) 243-2666. Tickets will not be sold the night of the dinner.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street, near Avalon Street, in the city of Carson. A map of the campus is available online at www.csudh.edu/site/visitus/maps.asp.

Parking in campus lots costs $3, and parking permits can be purchased at the yellow kiosk machines adjacent to each lot.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.

About Black Faculty & Staff Association – The mission of the Black Faculty & Staff Association is to encourage and promote issues relevant to the professional, academic and personal development of CSUDH black faculty, staff and students. The association is open to all faculty and staff. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu/bfsa.




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