Volunteers for the Randolph Partnership for Children are “swinging” into planning for this year’s Gala for the Children. Based on a classic children’s book each year, emphasizing the Partnership’s focus on family literacy and the importance of reading to children from a very young age, the 2017 Gala for the Children is set for Saturday, April 22 from 6:30–10:30 p.m., at The Cetwick.
Building on last year’s Peter Pan-themed bash, a “wild” excursion awaits guests this year. Ruyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, will come to life with all of the favorite characters–including the ever-recognizable Mowgli, Baloo the bear, rock python Kaa, and more. Guests will experience an epic jungle adventure, complete with whimsical features and decorations.
Now in its ninth year, this year’s Gala for the Children is sure to be a fun evening of exploration, filled with a charming blend of fantasy and fun.
Led by Gala chairs, Ryan and Kelly Patton, committee chairs include: Sarah Beth Campbell, silent auction; Anne Shaw, Jessica Cashatt and Jennifer Jones, desserts committee; Debi Lagueruela, Archdale-Trinity Committee; Christy Murphy, PNC Grow Up Great Committee; and Wayne Rowe, sponsorships committee.
Last year’s event was highly successful, raising more than $80,000. The Gala was sold out weeks in advance and saw an increase in the amount of community volunteers helping to plan the event. Driving the Gala’s overall success was the incredible amount of support received from sponsors and donors, showcasing how the Gala for the Children continues to grow and become an anticipated community event each spring.
“This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Partnership, with proceeds benefitting critical programs for young children and families throughout Randolph County,” says Ryan Patton. “Funds are also raised to sponsor children to receive books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.”
Monkey see, monkey do! A kick-off meeting was held in January and volunteers immediately began swinging into planning action.
Margie and Paul Trogdon, Ann Burrow, Lenton Slack and Jaimie Cope—along with art students from Randleman High School—are working to create enchanting, jungle-themed decorations, complete with an oversized Kaa, photo frames, vines and trees, all of which are sure to leave guests hissing with delight.
Always a highlight every year, local preschool children are busy making unique table centerpieces that are creatively tied to the jungle theme. Students from Uwharrie Charter Academy dress in costume and assist with greeting.
“Each year the event has grown due to increased support from the community and the efforts of many volunteers,” says Lisa Hayworth, executive director of the Partnership. “We are extremely fortunate and appreciative of the leadership of our Gala chairs and the support of all volunteers who have agreed to share their many talents to benefit the Gala and help continue to make a difference in our community.”
Gala guests will enjoy a buffet dinner from Snyder Farms Catering, while DJ Susan Hunt fills the grand ballroom with dance music. Led by the mother-and-daughter team of Anne Shaw, Jessica Cashatt and Jennifer Jones, the coffee and dessert bar will feature an array of tasty treats, for those wishing to take a walk on the wild side.
The ever-popular photo booth will be stocked with unique props and serve as a fun way for guests to really go bananas.
The Partnership has also teamed with Four Saints Brewing Company to produce a specially-brewed beer, created just for the Gala.
“The opportunity to provide beer for the Gala for the Children allows us to support an organization focused on improving the lives in our local community, a core mission of Four Saints Brewing Company,” said Joel McClosky, chief executive. “It also allows us to have some fun, as brewers, to create exclusive beers for the Gala that highlight the event’s theme and the art of craft beer.”
In addition, The Wet Whistle Co. in Archdale is sponsoring wine for the event.
Members of the silent auction committee are working to secure and feature a wide variety of auction items, including unique vacation experiences, autographed sports memorabilia, unique pottery items, hand-crafted home and garden items, popular restaurant gift cards and more.
Led by Sarah Beth Campbell, committee members include Jessica Cashatt, Courtney Kelly, Kris LeRoy, Shannon McCrary, Stephanie Moore, Aaron Nall, Erin Neal, Beth Robbins, Karla Rush, Joy Trogdon, Lesley Tyl, Brittany Waddell and Kimberly York.
In conjunction with the Gala, the Partnership is again hosting a raffle for a weekend getaway to Asheville, NC. The package includes a two-night stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, admission to Biltmore House, the Biltmore Gardens and Winery, a Biltmore spa package and more. Only 500 tickets will be sold. The raffle is open to the community. Ticket price is $20. The winning raffle ticket number will be announced the night of the Gala. The winner does not need to be present at the Gala to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased by contacting the Partnership.
“This is a unique opportunity for the community to support the Partnership,” said Hayworth.
To ensure a seamless experience for guests attending the Gala, a team from the PNC’s “Grow Up Great” team are assisting with Gala check-in and check-out. Led by Christy Murphy, committee members are Kim Davis, Jonathan Gutierrez, Joleen Hartis, Crystal Hudson, Norma Jones, Liane Locke, Tina Luck and Kelly York.
Gala sponsorships are available at these levels: $3,000, $1,200, $750, and $350, and the Partnership is actively seeking businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring the event.
“Sponsorships play a vital role in achieving our overall fundraising goal,” said Wayne Rowe, chair of the sponsorships committee. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business while supporting a worthy cause.”
Led by Rowe, sponsorship committee members include Felicia Barlow, Bill Hoover, Ann Hoover, Debi Lagueruela, Jerry Moore and Jamie Yates.
Current Gala sponsors include: Acme-McCrary & Sapona Foundation, Inc.; Archdale Drug; Archdale-Trinity Pediatrics; BNC Bank; Chick-fil-A; Stephen and Kelly Gainey; High Point Veterinary Hospital PC; Pat Hurley; Mike and Lonnie Keogh; Martinez & Associates-Nationwide Insurance; McKenzie Properties and Investments; Randolph Animal Hospital and Biscoe Pet Hospital; Randolph-Asheboro YMCA; Randolph Health; Rheem Sales; Dr. and Mrs. James M. Rich, Jr.; Thomas Tire and Automotive; Trinity Furniture, Inc.; Dr. Terry W. Worrell and Dr. Stephen B. Schuster; and Zooland Civitan Club.
“We want to thank and recognize those who have already committed their support,” added Rowe.
The Gala is open to the community and anyone is welcome to attend. Individual ticket price is $60. You may also choose to enjoy the evening with eight of your friends and purchase a reserved table for $500. Tickets can be purchased at the Randolph Partnership for Children office (349 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro) or call 336-629-2128.
Visit the Partnership’s website (www.randolphkids.org) or Facebook page to learn more. For sponsorship information or to donate an auction item, contact Jill Jackson, Director of Marketing and Development, at 629-2128 ext. 12 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Randolph Partnership for Children, a nonprofit organization, is the community’s lead organization for young children and their families. The Partnership is a United Way agency. For more information, visit: www.randolphkids.org