The food, the drinks, and the scholarship: Narnia meets Northern

Kara Toay

Guests will be taken to the land of Narnia during The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe fundraiser which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

Held at the NMU Jacobetti Complex and hosted by the NMU Hospitality Management Program, the annual gala will cost $100 dollars to attend. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and appetizers along with an open bar will be followed by a five-course meal said junior hospitality major Tamara Hunter, who will serve as banquet manager.

“[The event] teaches us how to set up a banquet and what each department does, and to raise money for the scholarship program,” Hunter said.

Each year the fundraiser is held with a different theme. This year’s theme is “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” from The Chronicles of Narnia. Double Trouble DJs will provide live entertainment. Professors from the NMU School of Health and Human Performance will teach guests how to fence, and a fencing tournament and a crown decorating station are also on the agenda. Hunter said Vista Theatre actors will reenact scenes from “The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.”

The money raised will go toward upcoming study abroad programs and a scholarship for a Hospitality and Tourism Management student which will be awarded through the NMU Foundation Office, said Deborah Pearce, associate professor of technology and occupational sciences.

“We hope to raise several thousand dollars to put toward these scholarships,” she said.

The deadline to register for the event is 5 p.m. April 8. Reservations are made at 906-227-2627 through the NMU Foundation. More information can be found on the  event’s Facebook page.