A genuine Darth Vader helmet autographed by University of Michigan alumnus James Earl Jones. Backstage VIP tours from Michigan alumni performers in seven of Broadway’s hottest shows packaged with prime orchestra seats. And a one-of-a-kind framed lithograph of the Law Quad signed by the current and living former Deans of the Law School.
All these items and many more can be had for the right bid at "Hutchins in New York," a gala auction sponsored by Alumni Funded Fellowships (AFF), on Thursday, February 26, at the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St., New York City. All alumni and guests are invited.
The event, AFF's first fundraiser, will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and live music from the Hayes Kavanagh ('73) Jazz Band. The live auction will take place from 8:45-9:30 p.m., and the evening will continue with live music until 11 p.m.
Net auction proceeds will benefit the Student Funded Fellowships program at the Law School, which recently celebrated its 30th year of supporting student public interest fellowships.
"We envision the evening as a wonderful opportunity for all alumni to reconnect with classmates while supporting public interest fellowships at Michigan Law," says Scott Wilcox, '08, AFF board president.
AFF was launched last year by six members of the class of 2008 and 2009, including Wilcox. The initiative’s mission is to help the Law School and SFF in their ongoing effort to ensure that any Michigan Law student who wants to spend a summer or two working in the public interest can afford to do so.
Alumni who can't make the trip to New York can bid on items by proxy, with bidding instructions as well as other event details available on AFF's website, www.affmichlaw.org.
Honorary chairs for the event are Randy Mehrberg, '80, who will welcome guests, Bob Fiske, '55, and Kelli Turner, '97.
Tickets are $75 general admission and $150 reserved seating and are available through Ticketmaster, (212)307-7171, or at the door. To purchase tickets without paying a handling charge, call the Law School's Office of Development & Alumni Relations Office at (734)615-4535 by February 24. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster, (212)307-7171, and at the door.