MANER CONFERENCE CENTER -- Topeka's symphony lovers were all smiles at Friday's "Music of the Mist," the 23rd yearly event benefitting the Symphony and its music programs.
The bash at the Maner Center was highlighted by the auction of Judith Sabatini's "Morning Mist." The Washburn photography professor's art work, a portrait of the mist taken from the back of the Sabatini home was an auction bid hit.
So were the trips. A one week stay was extended to two weeks by a local business couple for the use of their getaway home, loaned to the lucky bidder for a mountain retreat in Ashland, Oregon. A similar mountain resort trip, a 7-day visit to Breckenridge, Colorado fetched thousands in the fundraiser. There were also visits to other symphony concerts in Kansas City and Biloxi, Mississippi.
K-State and Washburn football tickets were grabbed by the symphony-loving sports fans, and an autographed ball from this year's Jayhawk team fetched about $600.
The gala is also a farewell sendoff to conductor John Strickler, who will be leaving the symphony this April.