I am seriously more likely to fly from Washington to Italy (I reallly like Italy ) than I am to go to arriverderci.
What a lovely thought: go to the Embassy of Italy, which probably and hopefully is donating all the catering and wish everyone well for only $50. Or maybe 35 Euros.
Would rather have Dom's favorite Tesoro's or whatever it was--and a reasonable price for an event that the university is getting free. If somehow they have to pay the embassy, then someone who knows how Washington works and embassies operate needs to arrange this.
Asked someone in my bloc of season tickets if he was going and he said, once he saw the $50 on the invitation, said no way. Understand the need to raise funds. Also understand the need to show some loyalty to regular, loyal season ticketholders who are there year after year.
So if the sports administration is reading this and it was posted at its behest, might want to heed the message that you are trying to gouge your very small permament fan base.
Perhaps others disagree and the RSVP rate is high. One doubts it, though.