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Eberly Center to celebrate 40th year with sold-out celebrity wait night

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, UT Provost Andrew Hsu, Toledo City Councilwoman Cecelia Adams and other local luminaries will help serve and support the 10th Annual Celebrity Wait Night Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee.

The event is hosted by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and will include a dinner served by local Toledo celebrities, a silent auction and live entertainment.

Last year, more than 400 people attended, but this year the event is sold-out with more than 530 guests expected to attend.

“This night is so vitally important to our students who are receiving scholarships and to our programming meant to empower women,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT associate vice president for the Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women. “Guests can expect to see our scholarship recipients, experience live entertainment, and celebrate our 40th anniversary, making the center one of the oldest in the country. We do hope no one forgets to tip their waiter!”

The dinner will raise money for scholarships, as well as several of the center’s programs and services, including its signature Women’s Success Series and Kate’s Closet, a professional women’s clothing closet providing complimentary professional attire to UT students and clients of the center.

Some silent auction items that will be available for attendees to bid on include a 2.5-hour private cruise for 22 on an 80-foot yacht complete with captain; a three-day stay at a condo in Michigan; and a watercolor painting created at the event by award-winning artist and 1997 UT alumnus Aaron Bivins.

“We want supporters to come out to have fun, but we also want them to know how their money is positively impacting deserving students and the clients that need our programming,” Gore said.

For more information about the event or the Eberly Center, call 419.530.8570 or visit utoledo.edu/centers/eberly.