2018 Christmas Gala – Update of the Results
Home for Christmas Gala 2018 was a HUGE success!
Close to 160 supporters and donors filled the GFA cafeteria on Thursday, December 6 to enjoy an evening of coming “home”. From the all-time favorite Dessert Dash, the Live Auction, and finishing the night with a new event, Paddle Raise, we raised a total of $41.916.50! The largest amount raised at the GALA! We are so thankful for all of the guests for making this happen! We praise the Lord for his continued provisions for GFA.
With an event like this, it takes many volunteers to help make it happen. We are thankful for the decorating team, set-up, hosts/greeters, our cashiers, GFA student ambassadors, GFA staff, and especially our auctioneer, Kent Corbett of Corbett Auction and Appraisals, Inc., for making this event successful. You are all amazing!
One of the highlights was the ribbon cutting and dedication of the newly renovated kitchen. Mark Wilkins, GFA 1976 graduate, and Greenleaf Friends Academy and Church Facilities Director, shared the Million Dollar Prayer Story of how a prayer concern in 2014 to pray for $1 million dollars for the school, came to fruition through many avenues that were clearly led by God. After a 2 year hiatus, with many people and businesses helping with the renovation project, the kitchen has been in full use for the 2018-19 school year. The only piece lacking is the walk-in freezer/refrigerator. We received $15,000 from the Ralph Smeed Private Memorial Foundation towards the new freezer/refrigerator. We are grateful for the Smeed Foundation for their continued support of GFA.
The GFA and Greenleaf Friends Church Vision and Planning Committee set in motion to rename the cafeteria. After some discussions and name possibilities, we revealed at the GALA that “The Commons” had been chosen as the new name for the GFA Cafeteria.
Every year, our annual Christmas GALA helps bridge the gap between our tuition revenue and our yearly, operating expenses. The success of this event and our annual Quaker Village Auction makes it possible for GFA to keep tuition costs lower than any other accredited, Christian school in the Valley and provides for annual scholarships and facilities expenses.