Gala & Auction



March 7, 2020
Arizona Lutheran Academy gymnasium


The Vision 2020 Gala was an inspirational event thanks to the tremendous generosity of our ALA friends.

Alumni played a huge role as Master of Ceremonies, Andrew Unkefer, and special guest, Dr. Daniel Johnson, shared special memories of their time at ALA and how their lives were impacted by this ministry. Alumni in attendance echoed those same sentiments.

We are grateful for a sold-out event, unique donations, and generous supporters who made this night a tremendous success! Thanks to all of you who participated, we raised just shy of $60,000 for our locker room renovation project.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  (Eph. 3:20-21)






    Our Goal
  • The goal for this event is to support ALA students by raising $65,000 for campus improvements, including a needed upgrade to our locker rooms.
    The Vision for 2020

    • savor a delicious evening of appetizers, dinner, and dessert 
    • meet students, allow them to serve you, and see where our ministry happens
    • enjoy strolling magic by Magician Eric Gilliam 
    • hear about our vision for the future
    • catch up with Dr. Dan Johnson (ALA 1984), now president of Wisconsin Lutheran College, with a lively question & answer session
    • have a blast with our silent and live auction and lively entertainment!
    New this year! Parking attendants will be on hand to direct you as you arrive, and they will assist with carrying auction items at the end of the evening.
  • 2020 Gala ticket: $50

    Enjoy a delicious meal, plus a silent and live auction, entertainment, and an evening of fun! 
    Purchase tickets here.

    2020 Alumni "Reunion" Gala ticket:  $25

    We are honoring our alumni who graduated from ALA in years ending in 5 or 0 as our special Gala guests. Alumni in the classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 may purchase 2 tickets (for yourself and a guest) at this discounted "reunion" rate. Enjoy a locally-sourced delicious meal, plus a silent and live auction, entertainment, and an evening of fun! 
    Purchase tickets here.

    2020 Gala Table for 10: $450
    Purchase table here.

    Honoring our Alumni
  • In honor of our alumni celebrating a reunion in 2020, all alumni who graduated from ALA in years ending in 5 or 0 can attend the 2020 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
    • Arrive at five o'clock so you'll have plenty of time to stroll, chat, bid, and savor bites from our bruschetta, salad, and crudité stations.
    • Relax and enjoy Chef K-ton's Bleu Collar Bistro's dinner buffet, featuring main entrees of smoked beef brisket, grilled pork tenderloin, and glazed kobacha squash ribs, plus a roasted potato medley, hearth-baked bread, and farm-fresh vegetables.
    • Cap off your evening with coffee service, decadent chocolate and silky cheesecake bites by Butter Bakery.

    Dietary Options
    The dinner buffet is gluten and dairy free, with the exception of the bread. There is a vegetarian entree option. Servers will be on hand to answer dietary or allergy questions.  

    Four delightful wine selections 
    Local brews 
    Back by Popular Demand
  • Stop in the Lobby...

    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 and gift cards!
    Suggested Attire
  • The suggested dress 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 the vision for the night. 
    Gala Schedule

  • 5:00PM    social hour and silent auction
                          strolling magic by Magician Eric Gilliam 

    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 2021 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 Feb. 21, 2020. 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
  • 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 7. Donate here. (Select fund "other" and type "Gala" in the comments.)

    3. DONATE ITEMS —be creative! Need donation ideas? Take a look at this list.
    4. VOLUNTEER.  Adult volunteers earn one point toward the Student Competition if you sign up by Feb. 20. Volunteer here.

    5. ATTEND. Your ticket purchase will count toward the Student Competition if tickets are purchased by Feb. 20.

    Take a look at the Student Competition flyer.
    Take a look at the ALA Class Basket idea list.
    Volunteer here.