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An Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction


There’s no need to keep quiet while attending the 4th Annual Library Gala and Silent Auction at Central Washington University. On Saturday, April 8th, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. the James E. Brooks Library will transform its stacks into four floors of lively music, dance, art, and much more.

An Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction is an annual event benefiting CWU students. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund an annual student scholarship in the library sciences as well as contribute to enhancements to services for our parent/students.

“These funds will allow us to obtain resources to create a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging space for our campus and community visitors with young children,” said student engagement and community outreach librarian Maureen Rust.

The event highlights CWU student and faculty artwork, as well as theatrical and music performances by student and community musicians. A variety of music genres will be played including the sounds of the Ellensburg Big Band—complete with swing dancing lessons provided by the CWU Swing Cats. A silent auction with well-sought over items will be available for bid; or if the price is right, attendees may buy items outright. 

Welcoming comments from President James Gaudino begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by CEO of Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Jim Armstrong, and the Friends of the Library.

Hors d’oeuvres and wine will also be available throughout the night. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the special photo booth and Gala Wildcat Shop to take home a lasting memento from the evening’s festivities.

All are invited to attend. Dress is evening or dressy casual attire.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at, by calling 509-963-1429, or in person at Wildcat Tickets in the SURC.  When purchased in advance, tickets cost: $10 CWU students with CWU ID; $20 per person; $35 per couple.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door for an additional $5.00 per person/per couple. CWU students with CWU ID, pay the same $10 rate.

Donations are also being accepted. In honor of the CWU’s 125th anniversary, a free one-year library community card will be given for donations at or exceeding $125.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to support student scholarships in the library sciences or contribute to services for our parent/students, please contact Maureen Rust at 509-963-2102 or

The CWU James E. Brooks Library sponsors the Gala and Silent Auction, in collaboration with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. Auction items are donated through the generosity of local library supporters and businesses.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs Coordinator, 509-963-1484,

--March 13, 2017