Call it raising money to help a local orchestra raise a baton on continuing excellence.
That’s part of the idea behind the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s “Phil!tastic” auction fundraiser and dinner Saturday at The Commons. The event helps fund music and music education programs that reach more than 13,000 adults and children every year in south central Indiana.
Last year’s event generated nearly $50,000, according to organizers.
In addition to silent and live acutions for nearly 100 items, the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Song and Dance Troupe will entertain. The ensemble, recognized as one of the top collegiate show choirs in the nation, includes Columbus native Caleb Blackerby.
He and his peers are under the direction of new Singing Hoosiers director Steve Zegree. Zegree, a member of the Downbeat Jazz Education Hall of Fame, boasts former
students who now are leaders in jazz, pop, Broadway and other vocal music circles.
His previous award-winning group, Western Michigan University’s Gold Company, has performed with recognized artists including The Manhattan Transfer and Bobby McFerrin, who rose to mainstream pop success in the 1990s with the hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”
“Steve’s groups are always fantastic,” McFerrin has said. “I appreciate their energy and enthusiasm.”
Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and wine are included in the ticket price of $100 per person. The Philharmonic’s Wine Bin Raffle returns with five winners scheduled to take home two to five cases of fine wines.
The silent and live auctions will offer an array of items, such as an Indiana University football tailgate gathering; dinner for 10 prepared by Columbus chef Gethin Thomas, four tickets to the Cummins Inc. suite for the Indianapolis 500; and a one-week, two-room stay at the Morgan Bay Resort in St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
Registration and bidding for the online silent auction is at biddingforgood.com/CIP.
The orchestra’s first gala fundraiser and auction was held in 2006 and generated about $45,000.