“It’s a great party but it does have significant impact to the fundraising effort of the school as a whole [which] goes directly to the financial aid fund,” said gala Co-chair Liza Jancik.
“The school, since its inception, has a commitment of not turning away any child or individual in need of its services, and a lot of the services that the speech school provides are certainly need based and quite costly at times,” she said. “This event has that history of giving dollars to allow people to come through those doors and get what they need.”
The gala is the largest fundraiser for the Atlanta Speech School, a language and literacy center that includes four schools, five clinical programs, summer programs and a professional development center. Last year, the school awarded more than $2 million in financial aid to families in need.
“[Proceeds from the gala are] a significant portion of our financial aid budget,” said school spokeswoman Barbara Propst. “We appreciate all the school’s guild does to raise money for the financial aid program.”
This year marks the gala’s 40th anniversary.
“[The longevity] shows the community loyalty and support for the speech school,” said gala Co-chair Mary Anne Massie. “It’s such a good cause and people recognize that.”
She added, “I’m looking forward to seeing all the faces of these tremendous supporters who have been so kind to us and so helpful to the school. I’m really excited to throw a big thank you their way.”
Jancik said she expects about 600 to 800 attendees at the event.
“We really look at the gala as an opportunity to bring various constituents of our city together in kind of a community service way,” she said.
The gala will include a cocktail reception, a dinner buffet and dancing to music by the Bradley Cole Smith Band. There will also be both live and silent auctions.
“There are some really cool silent auction items this year,” Massie said.
Some of the items include a trip to the 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, an African safari at Ezulwini Game Lodge in South Africa, two box ticket seats to the 2014 U.S. Open and a painting by world-renowned Atlanta artist Steve Penley.
If you go:
o What: Atlanta Speech School’s Language and Literacy Gala
o When: Sunday from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
o Where: Capital City Country Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Drive, Brookhaven
o Cost: Tickets start at $100
o Information: www.atlantaspeechschool.org/gala