Those who have attended past Galas note the overarching spirit of generosity and joy that characterize a night of “food, fun, and fellowship,” oriented toward establishing a firm foundation for Providence Academy’s future. This year’s Gala promises not to disappoint; the theme Fire and Ice–inspired by the school colors–has volunteers and guests excited for Saturday evening’s event here at PA.
In her 14th year of serving as Manager of Auxiliary and Development Programs at PA, Mrs. Dawn Schommer noted, “One of my favorite things in terms of preparation is the student involvement. I mean even this year, the jazz band is performing for us”.
The gala requires volunteers to do many things ranging from helping with coats at check in, to selling cigars after dinner, and check at the close of the evening. Thanks to the work of PA staff, and to many parent and student volunteers, the event runs smoothly from check in, to bidding, dancing, and check out, when guests claim the prizes they’ve won. Many of the silent auction items available for bidding are donated by community partners. This year’s auction items range from “coveted” parking spots to next year’s Super Bowl tickets!
Early on, the Gala was hosted at area hotels or the Wayzata country club, but in recent years has been proudly held on PA’s beautiful campus, as it will be again this Saturday evening. Mrs. Jillian Twaddle is a PA parent who has devoted time and energy to prepare for this year’s Gala. Twaddle has been part of the
organizational efforts for the past two years and commented, “The funny thing is, when I did it the first year I said I wasn’t coming back. But I realized I love doing these kinds of things”!
This year’s fund-a-need is twofold: an outdoor LED sign to visually announce Providence Events year round and replace the playground cover with safer, Eco-friendly rubber mulch. As in past years, proceeds from the Gala also fund student scholarships and various programs within the school. Mrs. Melissa Simmons, Theater Director, chooses to volunteer and reflected, “The Gala is worth the extra time because of what it raises for fine arts and theater. If our “family” can contribute to our projects, then a weekend is worth giving up”.
Hosting and preparing nearly any event can be tiresome but, Schommer assures it is well worth the effort, “I’ve been doing it for a while so it’s not as stressful anymore and the joy of seeing hard work come together is very satisfactory”.