A Perfect Event: When Fun and A Good Cause Come Together!

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.

8 Responses to A Perfect Event: When Fun and A Good Cause Come Together!

  1. Congrats on a job well done. Sounds like a fun evening and a great community in your ‘hood.

    What did you wear, dressed to the nines??

  2. tz says:

    four hours of expert computer service…what a great thing to donate! I can’t wait to see whatever pictures you decide to post…

    Jason and I would go to a silent auction for the nat’l kidney foundation every year, the only thing we ever won was a weekend stay at a local hotel…that was fun.

  3. Chrissy says:

    sounds like a true success! Accomplishments and fun! Yes, yes, yes! How awesome!

  4. Sandra says:

    SBW — Black evening pants with a white satin jacket with a few black branches and leaves painted on it. Black strappy heels to show off my fresh pedicure. I was feeling pretty “put together” until DD, ever the card, came downstairs, saw me and said, “Thank God you’re not wearing knee highs!” Have I mentioned, I believe God gave me children to keep me humble? It’s working!

    tz — We also won a trip — a week in a condo in Gatlinburg, TN. I am really excited about that! Surprise “trips” are fun, aren’t they (whether in town or out).

    Don’t hold your breath on the pictures. This guy may not be able to help me. I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

    Yes, Chrissy, “awesome” is the perfect word for it. Everyone involved just can’t stop talking about it. We will have the whole committee here Friday night for dinner, and then I’ll sit at the computer and take notes while they “de-brief.” They want to have good records to make it easier for the next committee.

  5. Sounds like a lovely outfit! I love black strappy heels.

    Once my mom wore two different shoes to church…do you think we have EVER let her forget it? No way.

  6. Danielle says:

    What a great win…

    Hope you learn lots….

  7. Chrissy says:

    That is how you know something went well and not by mistake, those involved want to share their knowledge with others and not keep it a secret! I love it!

  8. Sandra says:

    SBW — Been there, done that. It was when I was in my 20’s and soooo embarassed. Now, because I’m older but also because society doesn’t “shock” as easily, mis-matched shoes would just be a mild annoyance. But it’s a daughter’s “duty” to tease her mother about things like that, isn’t it? 🙂

    Danielle — learn “lots?” I think you’re setting the bar too high — it’s ONLY 4 hours! LOL! Hubby suggests I do two 2-hour sessions. So that I can try what I learn the first time, and then the guy can reinforce stuff on the second visit. I think that’s a good idea.

    Chrissy — I agree. Hubby and I were co-chair of the PTA one time, and the previous guy, didn’t pass ANYTHING on to us. It made the job much harder to learn than it had to be. Because of that experience, we would NEVER want to do that to someone else.

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