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University Theatre Endowment to benefit from event

Kelley Hunt performs at a fundraiser for Friends of the Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Kelley Hunt performs at a fundraiser for Friends of the Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday.

April 23, 2008

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A fundraiser Saturday at Kansas University will give more students at KU and Haskell Indian Nations University an opportunity to see University Theatre productions.

David Ambler, retired vice chancellor for student affairs, and his wife, Mary Kate, have established an endowment that will provide complimentary tickets to students who receive financial aid or who have not previously attended a University Theatre event.

The fundraiser is Saturday night at KU's Murphy Hall. It kicks off with a 6 p.m. silent and live auction. Items include a pendant from the 1978 film production of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" valued at $3,500, a model airplane signed by John Travolta and a score from "A Chorus Line" autographed by Marvin Hamlisch.

Then, at 8 p.m., Lawrence R&B singer Kelley Hunt will perform. Tickets, which cost $20 for the auction and $30 for the concert, are available by calling 864-3982.

In the outline for establishing the endowment fund, David Ambler says he was inspired to create the fund after his own experience with the arts while attending Indiana University. IU also had a similar program for complimentary tickets for students.

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