Sponsor A+ Scholar fundraiser set for Oct. 3 at Nicholls

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s 17th annual Sponsor A+ Scholar Wine and Food Extravaganza, featuring new food vendors and unique auction items, is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

One of the university’s most popular events, Sponsor A+ Scholar features food, wine and music with all proceeds benefiting Nicholls student scholarships. Since the fundraiser began in 1996, it has raised at least $450,000. During the fall 2012 semester alone, 32 students each received $250 scholarships thanks to Sponsor A+ funds.

“Now more than ever, we need the community’s assistance so that we can continue to attract highly qualified students to Nicholls,” said Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement. “Your support of A+ helps make it possible for us to recruit and retain greater numbers of students.”

More than a dozen restaurants and vendors — including several new names to the lineup — will serve various dishes and wines while the local band Jazmine performs. The evening will also include a live and silent auction, featuring different types of items from previous years. Some of the live auction items include a blue Gucci purse acquired from the original Gucci store in Italy, a bone-in rib-eye roast prepared by students from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and delivered to the winning bidder’s home, a blank canvas for artist Billy Ledet to paint a portrait of the winner’s choice and four tickets to LeBistro’s Russian service dinner.

Sponsor A+ Scholar tickets are $50 each or $75 per couple. Gold sponsorships, which include 20 tickets, are $500. Tickets can be purchased in the Office of Institutional Advancement in Picciola Hall or by calling 985-448-4005.

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