The Gala that Hubby was co-chair of was held Saturday night and it was a huge success! He and his brother were co-chairs, but they said all they really did was put together a terrific committee and then just got out of their way!
The purpose of the Gala was to make money to help support our Lutheran grade school — which is supported by ours and two other churches. Gala dinner auctions have been used successfully by other private schools in our area for additional funding, so this was our first experiment with this type of “boost” for our school.
There were many unknowns and “best guesses” involved because we hadn’t done anything like this before, so it was a thrill for everyone involved that 230 people (full capacity) actually were willing to pay $100 a plate for a dinner and auction at a local country club. The other unknown was — were the attendees then going to be willing to bid with their hearts in the live and silent auctions, not just to get a “good deal.” Well, the answer was a resounding “yes.”
The facility was already very nice, but the committee’s hard work made the setting very elegant. Attendees had taken the opportunity to dress to the “nines” so that added to the “atmosphere.” The dinner was delicious and was presented beautifully — and the live auction was exciting!
The auctioneer was a local Lutheran boy “from the ‘hood” (I’m laughing because, in this case, “the ‘hood” is the rural farmlands on the eastern side of our county) who it seemed was related to or had grown up with or knew from business, most of the people there! We have attended other benefit auctions, and I have to say he was absolutely the best auctioneer I have ever seen. He was very entertaining and, of course, because he knew so many people, he would prod them into bidding by telling funny stories about them. For example, the girl he shared his first kiss with was there, so he teased her by telling that story!
There was a large additional room full of many, many silent auction items to be bid on. Businesses and individuals had been very generous in donating items to be auctioned off — the number of items was amazing.
It was an exciting, fun evening, and while the final amount raised can’t be known until all the expenses have been paid, it looks like the goal will not only be reached but will have been significantly surpassed!
I do have to tell you about one item I purchased on the silent auction. (Drum Roll) Four hours of a computer expert’s services!! I will definitely talk to him about posting pictures on my blog!
Thank you God for all those who demonstrated their heart for Christian education by participating in this wonderful, fun evening for the benefit of the school, and to Your glory.