04 March 2015

Gala Fundraiser -- What? Why?

Dear Wonderful People,

We are all getting over our Abravanel Hall [Jet] Lag, but I have to bug you again.

A week from this Saturday -- March 14 -- is our Gala Fundraiser, Silent Auction, Dinner, Raffle, and all-around wonderful evening. There is a string quartet playing live music adding ambiance during the meal, which is catered by Iron Gate Catering, and they do a wonderful job making us feel elegant in a less-than-elegant setting. 

Everyone in the orchestra has been given four tickets to sell. If everyone could sell at least two by Saturday, we would have this thing off the ground and running, but there are not enough tickets sold yet! We can't do it without you. :)

Additional entertainment will include a performance by the Chamber Orchestra, and an encore performance of Josh Austin and Jaquell Taylor's Vivaldi cello concerto. 

(The Youth Symphony is too big for the venue -- although I just had a vision of everyone in a circle around the outer edge of the room, performing "in the round" for the dinner guests... Maybe next year!)

This is an event that you can feel confident inviting your neighbors and friends to; we always get great feedback from people who come.

Why do we do it? We began this tradition when one of our grants disappeared (The Marie Eccles Caine foundation split and changed their direction), and we were desperate for funding. 

What we found: The foundations love that we are able to show so much community support for our organization and they have become more generous! However, part of the reason they are generous is because we show that support through this dinner. 

I know that there are conflicts that day, and I know that not everyone will be able to come, or can afford tickets, but there are alternate ways to support the endeavor. Here are some ideas:

Sell tickets to neighbors, or to your grandparents, aunts and uncles, even if they live far away (and let us know if they won't be attending so we can adjust the meal numbers accordingly).

Donate something, or find a business to donate, to the silent auction. The best stuff is new, unused, or a gift card for something.

Buy raffle tickets. They are a dollar. Need not be present to win. More info Saturday...

Volunteer. Help with decorations or clean-up. 

If you are student helping bus tables, your meal is on us. If you are performing, your ticket is only $8, the approximate cost of the meal.

Come to the dinner! Bring in Silent Auction or cash donations! Sell Tickets! Enter the Raffle! Volunteer!

It's really a lovely evening in addition to helping a great cause. 

[Silent Auction Items can be turned in to me at rehearsal!]


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