"Bamboo Bash" puts the fun in fundraising for Carolyn Saxton, Lubeznik Center for the Arts' executive director.
"People can come and relax," she said. "It's summer. You want to be comfortable. You want to enjoy yourself and perhaps not get dressed up in a tuxedo or a gown. This gives people the opportunity to enjoy themselves while they're supporting the arts and the arts activities we're providing in the region."
Taking place June 30 at Fairway Hall at Whittaker Woods Golf Course in New Buffalo, Lubeznik Center has hosted summer fundraisers for nearly a decade. After years of hosting formal affairs, the center took a unique approach last year with its "Saddle Up Soiree," held on a 300-acre horse farm in LaPorte.
Proceeds help fund a myriad of Lubeznik Center's services.
"What we're really focusing on this year is the three 'e's' and that is our exhibitions, our educational outreach and economic development, and our role in providing some leadership in making art a catalyst for economic development in Michigan City," Saxton said, "and (donations from) our individuals is so key with what we're doing."
Area rockers The Disorderlies are scheduled to provide the musical backdrop at Lubeznik's "Bash," with dancing scheduled prior to and after dinner. Attendees are encouraged to dress in tropical attire, and prizes will be given to the best dressed man and woman.
Additionally, both silent and live auctions are scheduled during the evening's festivities, with everything from a top-of-the-line Trek bike, a trip to a tropical destination and a dinner party with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson.
Art–themed offerings, including original works by acclaimed region–based artists, and a tour of the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute are planned for the auction block as well.
"We've got some really unique items this year," Saxton said. "Several of these tie into our event, but some of them tie into the theme of our mission, which is bringing exhibitions and performances and being a multi-dimensional art center."