Gratitude Gala 2017

What are you thankful for? Join us for the Gratitude Gala at Full Circle on Feb 25
Posted on 02/07/2017
This is the image for the news article titled What are you thankful for? Join us for the Gratitude Gala at Full Circle on Feb 25Please join us for the 15th Annual AWS Gratitude Gala on February 25 at Full Circle in Forest Park, featuring live and silent auctions sponsored by PACE, hors d'oeuvres by dg, beverages by Avondale Brewing Co., and music by DJ Supreme. This year, we are thrilled to honor Dr. Lisa Grupe for 17 years of service.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, silent auction opens at 6 pm.

Tickets are $40 in advance / $50 at the door, and include 2 free drinks.

To buy tickets, please visit our Gala page.


Dr. Lisa GrupeAn Interview with Gala Honoree Dr. Lisa Grupe


Role: Administrative Director, Alabama Waldorf School

1. “Gala” is a word that can be defined in many ways. What is it exactly?  
This is our 15th annual fundraiser. So, at a fiscal level, that's what the gala is: a fundraiser. However, over time it has proven to be such a great PARTY because our community is so unique and enjoys hanging around with like-minded people, bidding on interesting jewelry or art or trips, listening to music, and seeing AWeSome live auctions. 

Our first gala was a silent and live auction featuring vintage wines and art, and it has stayed true to its roots in that it remains a silent and live auction, but it now features artwork done by our students under the tutelage of local artists and craftspeople. Last year, our own Julie Carpenter worked with 7th and 8th graders to weld and solder iron into a wall sculpture of the outline of the state of Alabama! It was 3 feet tall and was beautiful! This year, Paul Wilm painted the bust of Vulcan on a wooden canvas with the word "BIRMINGHAM" above it, and the 1st graders helped him color it with crayon!  

We are fortunate to also have accomplished local artists such as Arthur Price, Tres Taylor, and Gerda Carmichael. This year's theme is GRATITUDE, and our own Leslie Martin Smith of Mud Mama Designs is working on a special project in which everyone will take part. I'll put on my teacher hat and give you some homework for the project: Think about what you are grateful for at Alabama Waldorf School and come to the Gala on Sat., Feb 25 at 6 pm!

2. Who goes to the Gala? What do people wear? How much does it cost?
I hope everybody comes! There really is something for everyone there. From cute items to bid on under $20 to fabulous adult camaraderie!  Everyone in the AWS community is invited to the Gala, and it is great if our parent body and faculty ask their friends to come, too. It’s open to everyone ... click here to read more.