Online auction aims to help fund scholarships

The goal of this year's UCSC Scholarship Benefit Dinner is to raise $200,000. To that end, organizers have added an online auction with all proceeds benefiting scholarships. Auction items include private tours of W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and of Big Creek Reserve in California; a VIP dinner with Chancellor George Blumenthal and his wife, professor Kelly Weisberg, followed by a Shakespeare Santa Cruz experience; and celebrity poker with Emmy Award-winning actress and UCSC alumna Camryn Manheim.

Bidding goes through 5 p.m. February 8.

The dinner is 6 p.m. February 9 at UCSC's University Center.

Alumna and scholarship recipient Precious Ward will speak at the event about the important role individual contributions play in the education of UCSC students. The celebration is dedicated to making the dream of higher education a reality for all students.

Manheim is the event's keynote speaker. The community is invited.

Now in its fifth year, the benefit dinner has become an important fundraiser providing undergraduate scholarships, internships, and research opportunities, as well as graduate fellowships.

RSVPs for the dinner are due Jan. 25. Tickets are $200 per person. For information, reservations or to bid in the online auction, visit the Scholarship Benefit Dinner web site.