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The 2015 Thurber Birthday Gala

You are cordially invited to join us for a celebration of humor!

Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Westin Columbus
310 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Join us for a special evening of humor for James Thurber's 121st birthday! 

The annual Thurber Birthday Gala shines the spotlight on the previous year's winner of the celebrated Thurber Prize for American Humor. In 2014 the winner was John Kenney, for his hilarious novel, Truth in Advertising.

The evening will be emceed by WOSU Radio Classics host Christopher Purdy.

For a night of good friends, good fun, and award-winning humor, the 2015 Thurber Birthday Gala is the place to be.

Tickets include one drink voucher, dinner, a birthday treat, and entertainment for the evening. Dinner will be:

Regular Entree: Napa Valley Chicken stuffed with creamy goat cheese and fresh baby spinach; chive mashed potatoes with a Pinot Noir demi glace; balsamic grilled asparagus

Vegetarian Entree: Roasted Vegetable Phyllo Purse - roasted vegetable medley baked in phyllo pastry over a bed of roasted red pepper coulis

The deadline to purchase tickets has passed. Please call (614) 464-1032 ext. 12 with any questions.

Parking information:
The Westin Columbus offers valet parking for $12, or self-parking in the lot behind the building for $6. The Columbus Commons parking garage is across the street, located at 55 East Rich Street, with entrances on Main and Rich Streets between High and Third Streets. Hourly rates apply at the parking garage. A limited number of parking meters are available on the surrounding streets.


2015 Thurber Birthday Gala Raffle

Good Odds! Good Prizes! Great Cause! As part of our annual Thurber Birthday Gala, we are excited to offer everyone the chance to win one or more fabulous prize packages! Remember: You do not need to be present to win!

New this year: Now you can choose the prizes you would like the chance to win, significantly increasing your odds! Online ticket sales have ended, so you can purchase your tickets at the event!

Gold Level Raffle: $50 per ticket or 3 for $100

G1. Inn and spa package at Villa Verde Inn, Merida, Mexico ($700 value)

G2. Columbus Zoo and The Wilds Package: Overnight stay for two in a Nomad Ridge Yurt, "Wildside Tour" - an off-road and up-close tour of The Wilds, promotional items from The Wilds and passes to the Columbus Zoo's Wildlights. ($650 value)

G3. Four One-Day Park Hopper Tickets to Disney Theme Parks ($620 value)

G4. A two-night stay in a suite at The Algonquin Hotel, where James Thurber wrote and illustrated The Last Flower, and a behind the scenes private tour for five of the New York Stock Exchange ($2000 value)

G5. Dinner for four, in your home, prepared by Private Chef Mark Thompson ($600 value)

G6. The Ohio State University Package: A behind-the-scenes tour of the Schottenstein Center, two tickets to one men’s basketball game, two tickets to two women's basketball games, two tickets to two men's hockey games, a framed commemorative poster celebrating 50 years of Brutus Buckeye, and an autographed Archie Griffin football ($700 value)

Silver Level Raffle: $25 per ticket or 3 for $50

S1. Travel package of gift certificates to Starwood hotels in various cities (Denver, Boston, Chicago) and Marathon gas vouchers ($450 value)

S2. Columbus Symphony tickets and dinner for four ($400 value)

S3. Handmade Pearl Necklace by Peace*Love*Bling ($395 value)

S4. Dinner and accommodations at The Westin Columbus ($350 value)

S5. York Golf Club Round of Golf for Four with Carts ($340 value)

S6. Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club Round of Golf with Carts for Four ($280 value)

S7. Guided behind-the-scenes tour for up to six people of the Ohio State University Library Special Collections' Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute ($250 value)

S8. Food Lover's package of gift certificates to various Columbus restaurants ($250 value)

S9. French Country Wine Dinner for Two at The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro ($250)

S10. Four tickets to the Ohio State University Department of Theatre's production of The Coast of Illyria by Dorothy Parker and Ross Evans, April 14-21, 2016 ($200 value)

S11. Case of Assorted Wines ($200 value)

S12. Private behind-the-scenes tour for 10 of the Pizzuti Collection ($150 value)

S13. Moviegoers' Package with movie tickets and other goodies from the Drexel Theatre ($100 value)

S14. Gift certificate and Styling Products for Jacob Neal Salon ($200 value)

S15. Gift certificate for cut and color from Jeff Stuckey at Salon Lofts ($150 value)

S16. BalletMet package ($200 value)