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Candlelight Ball promises one “a-ha!” moment after another

If you are the kind of person who has a passion for fine living, if you find yourself fantasizing about three-course meals, if your secret desire is to get dressed to the nines and dance until dawn, then Austin Peays 20th Annual Candlelight Ball promises the perfect evening for you.

The Universitys annual black-tie scholarship fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 13, at the Hilton Suites, Nashville.

The evening begins with a champagne reception, as guests mingle to the sounds of saxophonist Arian Avery before dinner is served.
If you are the kind of person who has a passion for fine living, if you find yourself fantasizing about three-course meals, if your secret desire is to get dressed to the nines and dance until dawn, then Austin Peay's 20th Annual Candlelight Ball promises the perfect evening for you.

The University's annual black-tie scholarship fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 13, at the Hilton Suites, Nashville.

The evening begins with a champagne reception, as guests mingle to the sounds of saxophonist Arian Avery before dinner is served.

At 7:30 p.m., Executive Chef William J. Zaitz's staff will begin unveiling the evening's meal. For starters, guests will enjoy an elegant martini shrimp cocktail featuring a Belvedere cocktail sauce, lemon star and Belgian endive. This refreshing appetizer will be followed by a savory first course: chilled artichoke hearts and roasted corn adorned with a cucumber-dill aioli served with a roasted potato pancake. Zaitz's entrée is filet and truffle sauce paired with a crabcake in a Creole mustard dressing, served alongside acorn and butternut squash, Haricot Verts and green chili grits. The chef's perfect ending to a perfect meal is pecan praline cheesecake topped with a fresh berry compote.

After dinner, guests can take the floor and dance until 1 a.m. to the music of the Craig Duncan Orchestra.

The luxury of the evening will continue for the lucky guests who leave with door prizes provided by area merchants. According to Debbie Bates, a member of the Candlelight Ball Committee, Sites Jewelers has donated a 14K gold and silver pendant featuring 10 diamonds, 10 rubies and a single pearl created in honor of the Candlelight Ball's 20th anniversary.

Other door prizes include a three-row diamond anniversary band (McKenzie-Smiley Jewelers), Waterford crystal candlesticks (Dillard's), diamond and tanzanite chandelier earrings (Golden Eagle Jewelers), one night's stay at the Hilton Suites, a diamond and blue topaz 14K white gold slide (Joy's Jewelers), oil painting (Direct Furniture), Parks Belk gift basket, decorative clock (Hobby Lobby), 10 movie passes to The Great Escape, dinner for two at Hananoki Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant, a gift box from Eden Day Spa, jewelry box and travel case (Traditions), one year's membership to Eastland Green Golf Course, a $100 gift certificate for a monogrammed or specialty purse (Your Personal Touch) and Camden Collection serving pieces from Southern Living at Home.

Special party favors for the belles of the ball have been donated by Clarksville Cardiology.

Tickets are $150 per person. The deadline for reservations is Friday, March 5. For more information, telephone (931) 221-7127.
—Rebecca Mackey