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Dreaming of a week-long stay in a luxurious beach house in Gulf Shores? How about a trip for two to an away game to watch Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns football team or dinner for eight with Governor Kathleen Blanco at the mansion?

You don’t have to wish for much longer. All these items plus many more will be available for bidding at UL Lafayette’s Alumni Association’s 2004 Spring Gala on April 3. This year’s gala will honor Blanco, a 1964 graduate of the university.

An annual part of the celebration is always the auction - both live and silent. Some of these items include passes to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament and an autographed electric guitar from Aerosmith.

The golf tournament package includes two five-day passes to the U.S. Open in Southampton, NY, air fare and accommodations. For all music lovers, an autographed electric guitar by Aerosmith would make a perfect addition to your music collection.

If you prefer dinner, how about having it with Governor Blanco. Join the first female governor and UL Lafayette alumnae to serve as governor for a special dinner for eight at the mansion.

Rather be in Gulf Shores? No problem. Bid on a week-stay at Sky Walk Lodge - a beach front, three-story house with five bedrooms and five baths. One striking aspect of the home is the third floor cupola and its majestic view of the Gulf, Mobile Bay and Fort Morgan. The successful bidder will enjoy any available off-season week.

Other items up for bid:

• Join the excitement of the Carolina Panther football for the first home exhibition game in a suite with three of your closest friends. Wear the 2003 NFC Champion t-shirt autographed by Jake Delhomme and a team cap. The trip includes air fare and accommodations.

• Show your school spirit will the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns package. It includes a trip for two on the team plane to an away football game, a 10K gold men’s or women’s signet ring featuring the university seal, a Ragin’ Cajuns spirit basket and a 30” diameter, three-dimensional UL Lafayette logo sign anodized with Ragin’ Cajuns colors.

• Bid on a signed and remarqued George Rodrigue lithograph. One of a few prints that was returned to the United States following the 1988 U.S.-Russian Presidential Summit, which it commemorates. The print was remarqued by Rodrigue following its return to this country.

For more on the auction or for gala tickets, contact the Alumni Association at (337) 482-0900 or visit www.LOUISIANAalumni.org on the web.