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LINCOLN, NE – Over the years, the Lied Center for Performing Arts has brought hundreds of top-quality acts to Nebraska including nationally touring Broadway shows, concerts and entertainers. The Friends of Lied organization and its fundraising efforts enable the Lied Center for Performing Arts to keep ticket prices reasonable and provide an arts and education program for all Nebraskans. The Friends of Lied Gala, which takes place every two years, is the organization’s largest fundraising project.

The 2011 Gala – “Friends of Lied Crystal Gala Black & White Ball”– marks the 11th fundraising gala and celebrates the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 22nd season. The black tie event will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2011 and will include an evening of fine food, fabulous entertainment and fantastic friends all supporting one important Nebraska institution – The Lied Center for Performing Arts. More than 76 women from throughout the state of Nebraska involved in Friends of Lied have volunteered hundreds of hours over that past several months to plan the “Friends of Lied Crystal Gala Black & White Ball” as well as support the center through promotion, fundraising and social activities, serving as ambassadors and liaisons for artistic experiences in the state. 

Scheduled entertainment includes the classic sounds of the Ezinma Trio, featuring piano, cello and violin on the Main Stage during dinner; D’Funk getting guests on their feet dancing following dinner on the Main Stage; and Vince Learned tickling the ivories in a night club atmosphere at the Piano Bar in the Johnny Carson Theatre following dinner.

This year's raffle will feature a trip for two to New York City, including an $800 travel voucher from United Airlines, a room at the Warwick Hotel located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, dinner at the famed Gramercy Tavern and two New York City PASS booklets for sightseeing. Also being raffled is a 47” LG 3D Flat Screen TV, valued at $1,199. Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from Friends of Lied board members or during the event on January 28, 2011.

The silent auction will include stunning works of art by various artists as well as from Kiechel Fine Art of Lincoln; a vintage 1950 Roy Rogers guitar; 14K Italian yellow gold bracelet; golf packages; sports memorabilia and a week stay in Costa Rica to name a few. For a complete list of auction items visit www.liedcenter.org/support.  To inquire about reservation and raffle tickets contact Donna Seefeld at 402-472-4704.