01 February 2013

The Gala Dinner is On Its Way!


The Gala Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction is coming up! In fact, it is just four weeks away, March 2, 2013, 6pm, at the Brigham City Community Center.

Tickets are $15 per plate. Each ticket includes a fabulous Iron Gate Grill meal, live musical entertainment, and admission to our fun silent auction. We have asked each student to sell four tickets, and if they don't have their ticket sales materials yet, they will very soon. There are incentives to sell -- chocolate for those who bring money each week, bigger chocolate for those who bring the most that week, and a $25 gift card for the student who brings in the most money (this is for ticket sales and cash donations combined). It's okay to offer tickets to people who might not come, but might donate. People tend to be very kind, and very supportive. 

Silent Auction
In addition, we ask each family to secure at least one donation for the silent auction. This can be from a company or business where you have a connection, or you can just go butter up the manager of your favorite restaurant and hand him/her a letter! Handmade items are also greatly appreciated. It's great to see things at the silent auction that we buy anyway, like an oil change, but when we buy things from the silent auction, we are supporting a great cause at the same time! 

I have attached the donation request letter in case you need more copies than the ones I already handed out (if you are reading this on the blog, contact me and I'll send you what you need). Feel free to add your name to the letter so I don't end up with phone calls from people I didn't know I'd handed it to! :) It also has the tax number on it, which people want for their taxes, since they write off their donations.

I have created a special spreadsheet that we can all access. HERE IT IS. CLICK HERE. It will help us not all bug the same businesses! I have had a lot of success just making myself spend a little time. Like tonight, I submitted several donation requests by just going online, finding instructions, and following them. You are all so creative. You will have more ideas than I have had. If you want to know what I did, check out THE LINK to the spreadsheet! It's there for you to put in your name and who you've contacted, and then return to it when you get an answer or an item, and add that to the records. It's also fun to check it out and see what has been donated so we can look forward to the fun of the silent auction! 

Let's see if we can make a nice big pile of stuff for the auction by bringing donations to next week's concert! If you don't have your donation by next week, that's okay. You can bring it to any rehearsal, or drop it off at my house. It would be best if we have all donations by the Saturday before the gala. That's February 23. (Or the following Tuesday for LYCO students, February 26.)

Previous Donations
I've had a lot of questions about procuring these donations, so I am including a list below so you can see which businesses and people donated last year, or other years. This is not the collaborative list, however, so be sure to check it before we all bug the same people! I've included some notes on some items. 

Here is a shout-out to all the support we've had over the years. We are so incredibly grateful! And we thank you, the families, for your gracious support as well! :)

Classical Strings (Grover Wilhelmsen -- supports very generously every year!)
Camp Chef (already donated a camp chef oven!)
Attitudes Salon/Angie Whitaker
Hair Therapee/Erica Torrey, Camille Judd, Michelle Davis, Ashlie Jessop, and Amanda Dixon
Anniversary Inn (Needs 90 days lead time. We missed this deadline already).
Salt Lake Bees (Mail in request from online instructions)
Utah Jazz (Not last year, but other years)
Misa Findlay (Footzoning), John Findlay (Piano Tuning)
Murphy's Appliance
Honeyville Grain
Canyon View Animal Health Center
Maddox Restaurant
The Room Loft
Jenny Hamson (Massage Therapist)
Walker Cinemas
Salon 89
Crystal Inn
K and H Fitness Quarter
Utah Wind Symphony
Crystal Hot Springs
Music Village
Body Needs Chiropractic
W Clark Andersen (Orthodontist)
Heritage Theatre
Box Elder Credit Union
Gaucho Grill
Black Pearl China Bistro & Sushi Bar
Framed Legacy
Bruce Howard (Most awesome carved walking stick I've ever seen!)
Everything Your Heart Desires, Tremonton
BC Candle Factory
Kathy Johnson (Handmade Purple hats!)
PetsFirst! Wellness Center
Best Western High Country Inn
Maya's Corner (Logan)
Heritage Theatre (Perry)
Peter Prier & Sons (Violin Shop in Salt Lake City)
Dawn's Bridal
Amber Taylor Violin Studio
Old Grist Mill
Papa Murphy's Pizza 
Utah Grizzlies 
Costco (Just drop off letter at customer service. submit asap - they are usually 30 days out)


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