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The 2020 “Nifty Fifty’s” GALA did not go as originally planned for certain. This was to be the first Bishop Neumann GALA to be held not in the gymnasium, but out at Starlite Event Center. It turned out to be the first Bishop Neumann GALA ever conducted in an entirely on-line capacity within the Development Office. Staff and volunteer numbers were limited to groups under 10 people with masks and hand sanitizer in every corner of the office. However gifts and donations were still gathered and the team did an outstanding job working with changing health restrictions to make GALA as successful as possible.
GALA grossed over $156,000 for our Saunders Catholic Schools. Those numbers were down, but considering the changing environment of the COVID-19 situation, we all persevered to make it a prosperous fundraiser.
Two priests became overnight social media sensations as they worked tirelessly to conduct informative video sessions introducing and marketing many of our “live” auction items and packages. These men became the conduit to the public and the faces of GALA 2020. Without the work of Fr. Rynearson and Fr. Rowan putting in the hours to showcase these items for weeks before the event, we would not have had the results. Cheers gentlemen. We thank you for your efforts.
We are indebted to the GALA Chair Committee team and all volunteers and donors who made the event possible.