On Saturday, March 18, DeSales University will welcome more than 600 guests to “Dance of the Eastern Dragon,” the 36th annual dinner dance, held in Billera Hall.
Guests will begin the evening at 7:00 p.m. by entering the room through the red moon gates, illuminated by white lights. These decorations were created by associate professor of theater Will Neuert, making this his 19th year of designing the décor for the annual dinner dance.
Other decorations include pagodas at both the east and west end of the dance floor; the Chinese symbols for love, luck, and prosperity; and a gong. Red lanterns with gold tassels will hang from the ceiling, along with red and gold fabric. Papier-mâché dragons with winding tails, made by theater students working with Neuert, will hang above the dance floor.
According to regular attendees, it’s one of the most anticipated annual events. Tickets cost $225 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the DeSales Annual Fund, which raises money for student financial aid. More than 97 percent of DeSales students receive some sort of financial aid. The dinner dance raises about $150,000 yearly, with contributions coming from area business, professional, and community leaders as well as DeSales alumni. This year’s chairpersons will be J.B. and Kathleen Reilly.
At the beginning of the reception, guests will be able to enjoy an assortment of appetizers and cocktails. Served at 8:00 p.m., the dinner choices include grilled fillet with ginger shiitake beurre blanc, miso glazed sea bass with pineapple mango salsa, lemon grass and Portobello spring rolls, five spice whipped yams, and asparagus bundles. There will also be a dessert sampler consisting of a sunshine fruit tartlet, chocolate cups piped full of Grand Marnier chocolate ganache, and an almond Bundt cake.
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