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Wesley Hosts Arts in the Parlor


Kristin and Commander Rick Moore attend Arts in the Parlor

Wesley College celebrated the 5th Annual Arts in the Parlor with a Gatsby Party on March 28 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Many of the 150 or so guests dressed in 1920s attire and all enjoyed stage performances, visual art displays and demonstrations, “The Swing Noteables” band, dancing, fine food and beverages.

Students, alumni, faculty and staff showcased their creative talents during the evening. Presentations included Wesley’s Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Jazz Quartet and a student clarinet trio, as well as a vocal solo, a monologue and a reading from "The Great Gatsby," each performed by individual faculty members.

Through the help of generous sponsors the event raised more than $30,000 to support Wesley College student scholarships. “Many students would be unable to make their dreams of higher education possible without the financial assistance of scholarships,” said Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston. “We are truly grateful for the many sponsors who made this event possible.”

Aramark, Higher Education was the Premiere sponsor and TD Bank was the Finale sponsor.  Eleven new sponsors participated and 18 renewed their support from last year. Encore sponsors included Delaware State News, Delaware Today, Ali Stark ’64 and Frank Fantini, Ann Marie ’83 and James Flood, Robert and Linda Harra, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Dr. William and Susan Johnston, Dr. Michael and Jane Mattern, Terry and Julie Murphy, Wilks, Lukoff & Bracegirdle, LLC, and Dr. Rafael and Claire Zaragoza. Debut sponsors included Bayard Pharmacy, Colin ’91 and Melissa Harrington Bonini, Scott and Terri Brown, Linda S. Broyhill ’71, Chesapeake Utilities, Chick-Fil-A of North Dover, Del-One Federal Credit Union, EDiS Company, L&W Insurance Agency, Lessard Builders, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MSK Partners, Orthodontics on Silver Lake, Tidewater Utilities and Bill ’66 and Mary Jane Willis. To see pictures of the event visit Wesley's flickr page.

Founded in 1873 to provide a value-centered education to students of all races and faiths, Wesley is fully-accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and operates as an independent liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church.