* Wade Steffey
* Bloomington Area Arts Council

March 21, 2007

Silent art auction to benefit Wade Steffey memorial fund

More than 90 artists from Lafayette, Bloomington and other surrounding areas have donated pieces of artwork for a silent art auction that will benefit a memorial fund for Purdue University student Wade Steffey, who had been missing since Jan. 13.

Steffey's body was found around noon on Monday (Jan. 19) in a high-voltage utility room in Owen Hall on the Purdue campus.

An opening reception for the auction will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. March 26 at the John Waldron Arts Center, located in Fountain Square Mall in Bloomington, Ind. The art will then remain at the center through March 31 for further review by potential bidders. All bids for the art must be submitted by 3 p.m. March 31.

Steffey, a 19-year-old freshman majoring in aviation technology from Bloomington, Ind., was a National Merit Scholar. He was reported missing on Jan. 16 when his roommate returned to campus after the Martin Luther King holiday break.

Steffey's parents, Dale Steffey and Dawn Adams, are both longtime Bloomington artists. All proceeds from the art auction will benefit the memorial fund.

During the opening reception, food will be available and local musicians O2R will perform. The art, food and space at the John Waldron Arts Center all have been donated for the benefit.

Individuals who are interested in making art donations should contact Miah Michaelsen, executive director of the Bloomington Area Arts Council, at (812) 334-3100,, or Cappi Phillips, one of the benefit organizers, at (812) 334-2992, Donations may include paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts or other original artwork. Artwork should be delivered to the John Waldron Arts Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (March 24).

Individuals who are interested in helping during the reception are asked to call Jennifer Bailey, a benefit organizer, at (812) 336-6296,

The event being is organized by the Bloomington Area Arts Council, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts and friends and family of the Steffeys.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Sources: Jeanne Norberg, Purdue spokesperson, (765) 494-2084,

Jennifer Bailey, (812) 336-6296,

Miah Michelson, (812) 334-3100,

Cappi Phillips, (812) 334-2992,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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