Gala & Auction 2019

March 30, 2019 at 5pm

at Arizona Lutheran Academy

Our Gala on March 30 was an amazing night with over 200 faithful friends supporting our ministry!


Arizona Lutheran Academy’s 8th annual Gala was a sell-out! We are thankful to everyone who made our event special.

We welcomed over 200 guests and experienced an exciting night filled with terrific food, unique items to be won, and great fellowship with new and old friends. Our volunteer team created a fun atmosphere. Our sponsors' generosity reached new heights. Most importantly  our guests enthusiastically supported our ministry. 

The team effort of ALA friends like you generated $61,000 in proceeds for the Gala. We exceeded our goal and will now be able to purchase 2 vans for transportation. Thank you for making our 8th Gala a rousing success!  

Colossians 3:17 encourages us, "Whatever you do ... do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him." We are blessed to have so many generous people working together for our students, and praise God for his blessing!   

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• Save the date for our 9th annual Gala on March 7, 2020!

Our Sponsors support us, so let's support them! 

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What was available in the 2019 auction? 

View the catalog.

    Our Goal
  • The goal for this event is to support ALA students by raising funds for two new or almost-new 12-passenger vans.

    Broadway in 2019!
    • a delicious evening of New York and Broadway-inspired appetizers, dinner, and dessert 
    • a silent and live auction, entertainment, and an evening of fun!

    Broadway entertainers:
    • ALA student musicians
    • Show tunes by the Agassiz Saxophone QuartetFormed in 2016, the Agassiz Saxophone Quartet developed into one of the top performing chamber ensembles at Northern Arizona University. They have won runner-up in the New Composer's International Competition and played in several settings throughout Arizona. They also finished a composition collaboration last year where they commissioned a new saxophone piece. The current members are:
      Justin Nelson, soprano saxophone
      Christian Cunningham, alto saxophone
      Lucia Swarts , tenor saxophone
      Bradley Prieto, baritone saxophone
  • Tickets are sold out!

    2019 Gala ticket: $50
    Enjoy a delicious meal, plus a silent and live auction, entertainment, and an evening of fun! Purchase here.

    2019 Alumni "Reunion" Gala ticket:  $25
    We are honoring our alumni who graduated from ALA in years ending in 4 or 9 as our special Gala guests. Alumni in the classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 may purchase 2 tickets (for yourself and a guest) at this discounted "reunion" rate. Enjoy a delicious meal with a NYC flair, plus a silent and live auction, entertainment, and an evening of fun! Purchase here.

    2019 Gala Table for 10: $450 Purchase here.


    Honoring our Alumni
  • In honor of our alumni celebrating a reunion in 2019, all alumni who graduated from ALA in years ending in 4 or 9 can attend the 2019 Gala for half-price. That's right, 50% off for our ALA reunion-year alumni and a guest! Purchase here.

    Additionally, we will make every attempt to seat you with graduates from your class. So round up your classmates and have a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35-year reunion at the Gala! We'll do all the planning!

  • Indulge at a variety food stations featuring food from the ethnic enclaves of New York City.

    Savor the tastes of our appetizer stations.
    Take a stroll though Little Italy at our main buffet, featuring Carrabba's Italian Grill Caesar Salad, Chicken Marsala, Penne Pomodoro, and Focaccia.

    Delight your sweet tooth with Off Broadway Black & White cookies and Italian Cannoli Cheesecake cups, baked fresh by alumni-owned Butter Bakery.

    Dietary Options
    Gluten free? Please enjoy:
    • Chinatown offers Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    • Astoria offers Meatballs (without Pita Bread)
    • The Union Square Greenmarket will have a variety of veggies
    • Carrabba's Chicken Marsala
    Dessert contains gluten and is prepared in a home-kitchen that has contained nuts.

    Servers will be on hand to answer dietary or allergy questions.  


    Four delightful wine selections 

    Local brews from Sleepy Dog Brewery, Tempe, AZ
    Desert Dog Pale Ale
    Fiesty Chihuahua Mexican Lager
    Tail Chaser IPA
    Peanut Butter Milk Stout

    Back by Popular Demand
  • Tentative plans include....

    The Lobby 
    Beer Pull:
    For a $15 donation, take home a 6-pack of specialty, craft beer.

    The Lobby Wine Pull:
    For a $15 donation, take home a surprise bottle of wine valued at $15 or higher!

    The Lobby's Grand Prize:
    Purchase any item in The Market and have the chance to win a special prize basket with wine, beer, designer jewelry, and more!

    Valet Parking:
    Let our event staff park your car for you. No charge!
    Suggested Attire
  • The suggested dress for our night Off Broadway is wedding attire. Ladies, show us your flair in a cute dress. Gentlemen, bring your style too, or ditch the tie and just wear a collared shirt. Dressed up but comfortable is on the playbill for the night. 
    Gala Schedule

  • 5:00PM    social hour and silent auction

    6:00PM    dinner stations open

    6:45PM   tables 1000-5000 close

    7:00PM   tables 6000-9000 close

    7:15PM    live auction

    8:20PM    Dessert 
                    Market prize give-away & prizes

    8:40PM    check-out opens
    Idea and Wish List
  • Visit this page for more ideas!

    • Dinner Club: dinner & wine for 3 months at 3 different restaurants
    • Progressive dinner (five different courses at five restaurants) with Lyft or Uber gift cards
    • Condo or time-share stays
    • Babysitting voucher
    • Uber/Lift vouchers for "nights on the town"
    • Arizona resort stays
    • Boating tour
    • Limo service
    • Prom or wedding hair, spa, or nail gift certificates
    • Concert or theater tickets
    • (Scrip) gift cards
    • Private movie viewing
    • Behind-the-scenes tour
    • Fire Dept. Ride-Along
    • 2-3 night stay in a cabin "up north"
    Airline tickets or gift cards
    • Digital camera
    • iPod, iPad 
    • Android Tablet
    • Kindle Fire or Nook
    • GPS system
    • Game systems 
    • TV

    • College dorm room accessories - fridge or microwave
    • Holiday lights - "hang up and take down" service package
    • Car wash package
    • House cleaning
    • Window cleaning
    • Health, auto or home services
    • Custom made-to-order costume (by a seamstress)
    • Gas cards for a year
    • New jewelry, purses, or accessories
    • Outdoor patio decor
    • Pottery Barn accessories
    • Gift cards to Moon Valley or other nursery
    • Mary Kay basket
    • Skin Care package
    • Scentsy basket

    FOOD and DINING:
    • Catered graduation party
    • Gift certificates
    • Home brewed beer
    • Wine and accessories
    • Outdoor Grill
    • Kitchen Aid Mixer
    • Large acrylic drink dispenser
    • Homemade tamales
    • A year of desserts
    • Pampered Chef basket
    • Wild Tree basket

    • Dbacks, Suns, Cardinals, Coyotes, ASU vs U of A tickets
    • Sports memorabilia
    • front row seats? VIP? parking?
    • Golf outings
    • New sports equipment

    • 1-2 year vehicle lease
    • Creative or one-of-a-kind items

    Visit this page and let us know what you plan to donate.

    • Used items
    • Fire arms
    • Baby furniture

    • In the event of duplicate items, we may save one item to use in the 2020 Gala. 
    • Do you love to entertain? Willing to donate and host a unique/themed party at your home? We could assist, if you need ideas! Contact 
    Dropping off donations?
  • Donations are accepted through March 8, 2019. Thank you for donating!

    Need ideas? Visit this page and let us know what you plan to donate.

    Stop in! The office is open from 7:30 - 3:30 on school days.

    Contact Jen Bode to schedule:
    602-268-8686 x 37
    Spring Break: March 11-15 (office closed)
  • Please contact the office.

    602-268-8686 ext. 37

    Jen Bode:
    Student Participation/ Volunteering
  • Each student/family is encouraged to participate in the Gala in any of these ways: 

    1. Ask for donations of items for our auction.  
    2. DONATE cash towards our Travel Excursion for 2  to be auctioned in the live auction at the Gala on March 30. Donate here. (Select fund "other" and type "Gala" in the comments.)

    3. VOLUNTEER.  Adult volunteers earn one point toward the Student Competition if you sign up by March 8. Sign up here.

    4. ATTEND. Purchase here. (Your ticket purchase will count toward the Student Competition if tickets are purchased by March 8.) 

    Take a look at the Student Competition flyer