Thurber Birthday Gala
A Celebration of Humor:
The 2014 Thurber Birthday Gala
Join us for a special evening of humor for James Thurber's 120th birthday!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Westin Columbus
310 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Reservations are now closed. Please call Erin at 614-464-1032 x.11 with any questions.
The evening will feature Dan Zevin, the winner of the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, a raffle with fantastic prizes, and lots of laughter.
Dan Zevin has followed his readers through each phase of life, from post-college coping (Entry-Level Life) to tying the knot (The Nearly-wed Handbook) to developing a disturbing new interest in lawn care and wine tastings (Uncool). And that was all before he had kids. Which leads us back to this minivan situation, detailed in his Thurber Prize-winning book. Dan has been a comic commentator for NPR, a humor columnist for The New York Times, and a contributor to print and digital publications including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Maxim, Details, Real Simple, and Parents.
The evening's dinner is blue cornmeal crusted salmon with mango salsa and pomegranate molasses, accompanied with garlic whipped potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts. The vegetarian option is a spinach and artichoke stuffed lasagna roll with thick tomato sauce. One drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres, salad, and dessert are also included. Cash bar and wine bottle options will be available.
Thurber Birthday 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.
Gold Level Raffle Packages: $50 per ticket or 3 for $100
- Inn and spa package at Villa Verde Inn, Merida, Mexico ($700 value)
- 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, a bottle of zoo wine, promotional items from The Wilds and passes to the Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights. ($650 value)
- The Ohio State University Package: Two tickets to one men’s basketball game, two tickets to two women’s basketball games, two tickets to two men’s hockey games, an autographed Archie Griffin football, and a collector’s helmet autographed by Urban Meyer ($500 value)
- Columbus Arts Package: Tickets to events at Thurber House, ProMusica, Columbus Museum of Art, BalletMet, Jazz Arts Group, and Shadowbox Live ($1,250 value)
- Dinner for four, in your home, prepared by Chef Mark Thompson ($600 value)
Silver Level Raffle Packages: $25 per ticket or 3 for $50
- Dinner and accommodations at The Westin Columbus ($350 value)
- Dan Gets a Minivan Car Maintenance Package: Three Marathon Petroleum $50 gas cards, two Mr. Tire oil changes, two baskets of goods from Auto Zone and O’Reilly’s, and a signed copy of Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad ($475 value)
- Broadway Tickets to Sister Act at the Palace Theater in April 2015, donated by PNC ($250 value)
- Golf Outing: Three players hit the links with Luke Feck at The Lakes Golf and Country Club ($350 value)
- Signed copies of Jeni Britton Bauer’s award-winning book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, and her new book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, and a $25 gift certificate for any Jeni’s Ice Cream Shop ($100 value)
- A case of assorted wines ($200 value)
- Dublin/Hilliard Area Package: An overnight stay at Staybridge Suites; gift certificates for Buffalo Wild Wings, Dewey’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Papa Murphy’s,Nothing Bundt Cakes, Aprons & Easels ($450 value)
- Olde Towne East Package: A one-year membership at the Near East Cooperative; Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine growler starter kit and gift certificate; The Old Towne Tavern gift certificate ($150 value)
- Short North Package: Hair by Jeff Stuckey salon package; four tickets to the Short North Stage/The Garden Theater spring production of A Chorus Line; gift certificate to On Paper ($250 value)
- Westerville/Powell Area Package: Two pairs of Vera Bradley women’s sunglasses from Interstate Optical; Daily Growler craft beer starter kit; gift cards from Meza Wine Shop, Ohio Art Market, Graeter’s Ice Cream, and Sunflower Café; and choice of a massage or facial from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa ($325 value)
- Clintonville Package: Coffee basket from Crimson Cup; gift certificate from Nancy's Home Cooking; gift certificate from Angry Bear Kitchen; four haircuts from Mug and Brush; gift certificate from Diamond Cellar
- Grandview Area Package: Growler and tshirt from Four String Brewery, gift certificates to several area restaurants, and more
- Framed Thurber illustration and four (4) bottles of Roberts+Rogers wine ($350 value)
- Inspiring Artist Package: Clayspace pottery class gift certificate, original pottery created by Clayspace artist-in-residence, Todd Hickerson, and local artist, Jenn Bonito, a Glass Axis gift certificate, and an original calligraphy artwork by Two Artists
- Columbus Grab Bag: Drexel Theater movie tickets, Otterbein University Department of Theater and Dance tickets, private tour of the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Car2Go Membership
- Diamond and Pearl necklace donated by Sawchuck Jewelers ($200 value)
- Private photography session with professional photographer, includes an 11"x14" print ($400 value)
- Behind-the-scenes pachyderm tour for six at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium