2017 Party on the Plaza

A Night in Tuscany - POP

Ciao Amici!

On September 23, 2017, Tuscany, Italy comes to Wichita during Newman University’s Party on the Plaza "A Night in Tuscany" to raise funds for student scholarships! 

Auction Items Sponsorship Levels

Schedule of Events

4:30 p.m. Mass 

5:30 p.m. Popping the Cork and Social Hour

6:30 p.m. Authentic Italian Dinner

7:30 p.m. Live Auction

Special Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors and Hosts!

Honorary Chair

  • Stella & Joseph Galichia

VIP Sponsor

  • Glenna & David ’01, ’11 Borho
  • Dale Withers

Presenting Sponsors

  • Legacy Bank, Laura & Frank Suellentrop
  • Rusty Eck Ford, Pam & Les Eck

Event Sponsors

  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ
  • BKD LLP, William Pickert
  • Noreen Carrocci & Robert Benson
  • Commerce Bank, John Clevenger
  • Cornejo & Sons Inc.
  • Simpson Construction, Anne ’79 & Bob ’83 Simpson
  • Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. 

Table Hosts

  • Janis & Jerry Aaron
  • Advanced Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.
  • B-MAC Services, LLC and John Weir
  • Johnnie Bell Properties
  • Brandon Brigham ’10, Kansas Filtration LLC
  • Mike Bukaty
  • Butler Community College
  • Catholic Charities and Catholic Diocese of Wichita
  • CrossFirst Bank
  • Linda ‘77 & Joe Davison
  • Michael Donovan
  • Colleen & Tom ’72 Dondlinger, Dondlinger Construction
  • Kelly & Glenn ’85 Dugan, Dugan Truck Line, LLC
  • Emprise Bank
  • Equity Bank
  • Michael Monteferrante, Envision, Inc.
  • Rebecca and Francis ’05 Baalmann, Foulston Siefkin LLP
  • Dana & Larry Fugate, Fugate Enterprises
  • Daniel Giroux
  • Great Western Dining 
  • Teresa Hall-Bartels & Chuck Bartels
  • Mary P. ‘Grelinger’ Jones ‘84
  • JV '82 & Veronica '82 Johnston
  • Sam Catanese, Key Management Company
  • KU School of Medicine - Wichita
  • Carm ‘79 & Michael ‘78 Ludlow
  • Jean & Arturo ’79 Macias
  • Newman University Admissions Office
  • Premier Food Service, Inc.
  • Rodney Young, Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
  • Vera & Steve Robl and Alice '85, '12 & Dale Wiggins
  • Zack Steven, Reddi Industries
  • Simmons First National Bank
  • Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC
  • Via Christi/Ascension Health 
  • Jeff Arensdorf, Village Tours & Travel
  • James Voegeli
  • Blake Wells, IMA of Wichita
  • Marta & Stephen ’76 Williamson
  • Estephan & Janane Zayat
  1. Step 1 Selection
  2. Step 2 Registration
Saturday September 23
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you have questions, please contact Angela Perez at 316-942-4291 ext. 2283 or pereza@newmanu.edu
Make an additional donation $  
Event registration summary
Party on the Plaza 2017:
Donation $100

View images from the 2016 Party on the Plaza

2015 Party on the Plaza


Golden Ticket

Make a donation toward a $100 Golden Ticket. Only 100 tickets will be available. One lucky winner will be announced at the start of the Live Auction! If your ticket is selected, you will have your choice of ANY one of the live auction packages, prior to the beginning of the live auction. 


Live Auction Items

1.  Dinner with Newman University’s President, Dr. Noreen Carrocci 

  • Join the Newman University’s president for a home-style Italian dinner in Dr. Carrocci’s and Bob Benson’s home. The president learned how to prepare home-style Italian meals from her Italian-born mother. Dinner and drinks for six people to be scheduled at a mutually convenient date.
    • Donated by Dr. Noreen Carrocci and Bob Benson, valued at Priceless

2.  Need for Speed

  • Make your way to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa, OK for a day of racing your car on a closed track.
    • Donated by Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

3.  Village Tours Day Trip

  • A winner will receive the use of a deluxe charter bus and driver for one day for 56 passengers to a location of your choice (max 500 miles and/or 15 hours from the time the coach leaves until when it returns). You can go shopping, museum hopping, or attend a sporting event. This package includes $1,000 to go towards any event and food of your choosing. The date must be chosen at least one month in advanced. Driver gratuity is not included. 
    • Donated by Village Tours and Travel, valued at $1,800.00

4.  Hunting Pup Package

  • Male English Brittany Hunting Pup plus a complimentary first visit which includes vaccinations and a month of heart worm, flea and ticket prevention from Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital.
    • Donated by Don and Linda Beauchamp and Dr. Melanie Summers & Owner of Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital, valued at $625.00

5.  A Private Party in the Newman Alumni Center

  • The Tarcisia Roths ASC Alumni Center is a perfect space to entertain your family, friends or colleagues. This venue is a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or host a Christmas party or watch party for your favorite sports team. The venue includes a 75″ smart TV, a 12′ bar, cozy fireplace, piano, and outdoor patio with a grill and extra seating overlooking the Newman campus. Also included in this package is $300 worth of catering by Great Western Dining as well as a case of wine. Party is for 30 people.
    • Donated by Great Western Dining and the National Alumni Association of Newman University, valued at $800.00

6.  Group Painting Class

  • Enjoy a professionally taught painting class with you and 7 close friends. Each person will create a masterpiece to take home to display. Food and drinks provided!
    • Donated by Kaycee McGill, valued at $400.00

7.  Planetarium from Heimerman Science Building

  • Here is your chance to own a very unique piece of Newman history! Own the last artifact from the beloved Heimerman Science Building which housed this special planetarium was and is a scientific blast from the past.
    • Donated by Newman University, valued at Priceless

8.  Branson Condo

  • The generously sized condo located at the Thousand Hills resort in Branson, Missouri sleeps 10 with 4 private bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Your group will have privacy yet space to stretch out. The awesome views of The Thousand Hills Golf Course will make your stay the better part of any vacation. Conveniently placed in the heart of the Branson entertainment district you’ll find a number of shows and attractions within walking distance and the rest just a short drive away. Stay is 3 days and 2 nights. 
    • Donated by Tyson Denton, valued at $880.00

9.  Condo in Belize

  • Enjoy a 7 night stay in this 5 star luxurious island home with picturesque view of the Caribbean Sea! The condo has 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps up to 6, luxurious, relaxing, and quite spacious. Includes an $1,000 travel voucher.
    • Donated by Tom and Karen Balbierz and Louis Campisani, valued at $3,500.00

10.  Triathlon Training

  • Win an entry fee for a triathlon as well as receive exceptional training from Newman University’s very own triathlon coaches, Jeff Lovgren and Heidi Coble.
    • Donated by the Newman University Triathlon Team, valued at $700.00

11.  $5,000 of Billboard Advertising

  • Your business/event can get the attention it deserves with this rare promotion opportunity, using Rusty Eck Billboards throughout the Wichita area. Includes 2 hours design time and set up fees ($220).
    • Donated by Les and Pam Eck, Rusty Eck Ford, valued at $5,220.00


Sponsor Levels and Host Packages

Presenting Sponsor

  • Listed in event invitation, program and table sign
  • Recognized from the podium
  • One complimentary table seating 8 guests (preferred location)
  • Designated reserved parking for you and your guests
  • Acknowledgement in Wichita Business Journal, Catholic Advance and Newman website

Event Sponsor

  • Listed in event invitation, program and table sign
  • One complimentary table seating 8 guests (preferred location)
  • Acknowledgement in Wichita Business Journal, Catholic Advance and Newman website

Table Hosts

  • Listed in program and table sign
  • One complimentary table seating 8 guests
  • Acknowledgement on Newman website
Sponsorship payments received by Thursday, July 20 will be included in all promotional materials however all sponsorships made after that date will still receive all other benefits. 

For questions regarding sponsorships or tickets, please contact Angela Perez pereza@newmanu.edu 316-942-4291 ext. 2283