Dream trip to New York will benefit the arts

September 18, 2010 8:56:00 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


Four nights at the five-star Casablanca Hotel, two Broadway plays, dinner at L''Ecole, drinks at Sardi''s, brunch at the Essex House, limo transfers, plane fare for two, and more. All for $100? Yes, for the lucky winner of the Columbus Arts Council''s New York trip raffle. 


In a unique collaboration, the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Roberts Travel Agency and the arts council have designed a luxury getaway valued at $5,000. Only 300 tickets will be sold, at $100 each. The winner will be announced at a gala drawing held at the airport Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m., with transportation that evening courtesy of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau''s double decker bus. 


Elizabeth Johnson, CAC board president, said, "We''re so excited about this! We really appreciate the partnership with the Golden Triangle Regional Airport and Roberts Travel in helping us put this exciting trip together." 




Live it up 


The small, boutique Casablanca Hotel in the theater district offers wine and cheese every evening, a continental breakfast every morning, and is within walking distance of Times Square. 


Winners of the raffle will ride in the comfort of a luxury limousine to and from the airport upon arrival and departure. After arriving at the hotel, they will be greeted with a bottle of wine tucked inside a New York gift basket. While in New York, the winners will attend two Broadway plays of their choosing, one evening and one matinee, with orchestra seats.  


Drinks will be included at world-renowned Sardi''s Restaurant in the heart of the theater district. During one of the evenings, a four-course meal for two is included at L''Ecole, the famous training restaurant for the French Culinary Institute. This meal can be enjoyed either before an evening play or after a matinee play on any evening of the couple''s choice. Winners will also receive a $500 Visa gift card.  


A Circle Line tour of Manhattan is offered by either bus or boat, whichever the winner selects. On the last day, Sunday, winners will have brunch at the Essex House on Central Park South. 


Tickets are on sale now and will be sold until Nov. 30, or until all 300 tickets are gone. The trip will be coordinated by Roberts Travel Agency and must be taken between Jan. 1-Sept. 30, 2011 (excluding special events and holidays).  




Supporting area arts 


Proceeds from the raffle will help continue programs like the Young People''s Artist Series, which serves several thousand children each year. It will also allow the nonprofit arts council to maintain community arts programming, including bringing regional, national and international cultural events to the area. 


"We also provide area artists and local and national musicians a forum," Johnson said. "And we''re able to provide community support through local art grants to various organizations like the Suzuki Strings and the Annunciation Catholic School art program." 


For a chance to "wake up in the city that doesn''t sleep," as Frank Sinatra famously sang, visit the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. for tickets Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Tickets will also be available from CAC board members. For more information, contact the CAC at 662-328-2787.

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.