This February 16, 2018, the Giving Gala will take place at The Lismore Hotel.
The goal of the Giving Gala is to provide the community with the opportunity to support three great local nonprofits at one fun event: Girls on the Run, Junior League of Eau Claire, and the Eau Claire YMCA, all dedicated to improving the lives of children in the Chippewa Valley. Proceeds from the event are shared equally between the three organizations toward providing more kids in the Valley with the opportunity to grow in a healthy and positive way.
The Giving Gala is a formal party featuring live music, dancing, silent auction, cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeurves, during which guests are encouraged to give to these local groups while they enjoy the gala. Guests can get gussied up, grab their partner or some friends, and enjoy a fancy night out at the beautiful Lismore Hotel ballroom. There will be a cocktail hour with live jazz from local artists Tim Sullivan and Josh Gallagher, dancing with a live local big band, a specially curated silent auction, and hopefully a beer/wine and chocolate tasting! There won’t be a sit-down dinner, but there will be plenty of food and drink, so guests can plan to come hungry. There will also be dance lessons with UWEC dance group, Two to Tango, before and during the event, so guests can try out their new moves on the dance floor.
Event planners include Ellie Siedow, program director at Girls on the Run, Suzie Slota of the Eau Claire YMCA, and Courtney Kanz of Junior League of Eau Claire.
To learn more about the Giving Gala go to www.facebook.com/GivingGala or call Ellie Siedow at 715-514-5075. Tickets will go on sale the first of the New Year. Check the Facebook page for where to buy! Ticket prices are $60/person, $100/pair, or a table of 8 for $420. This year, in an effort to include younger people in the event, there will be discounted tickets at $40 for Emerging Donors, ages 21–35. There will also be some early bird specials, so stay tuned.