The Live Arts Gala & AfterGlow is a magical thing: the fire of the Gala and the smolder of the AfterGlow. Tickets sell quickly, and the philanthropic fun raises almost 20% of the annual budget of the organization (including income from sponsorships, Gala ticket purchases, auction item income, and AfterGlow ticket purchases).

Every Live Arts Gala - this will be the 26th annual - engages hundreds of volunteer company members.  Event proceeds go further here, as the gala is made possible by contributions of volunteers’ time and talent, auction item donors, and local restaurants and businesses. We raise 90 cents for every 10 cents spent on the event -- and all proceeds support the Live Arts theatrical productions, educational programming, and all operations in our mission of forging theater and community.

This year’s Gala Fundraiser will be an exciting new experience for our guests. Guests will have the opportunity to choose their own adventures and travel around the theater-world by their desires! The culinary lineup will feature heavy cocktail appetizers, small plates, and sweet delectables curated by Ed and Virginia Stockwell, and feature the culinary magic of local celebrity chefs.

Sponsors will receive the benefit of enjoying a personalized seating area during our cocktail hour and a bottle of bubbly to christen your journey! At some levels of sponsorship, guests will be greeted and guided by a dedicated porter throughout the evening. This year’s Gala won’t fail to deliver a world of wonder, excitement, visual splendor, and unparalleled fun. (For more information about sponsorship, please email



                        GALA CO-CHAIRS                                       Jay & Barbara Kessler

                        GALA DEPUTY CHAIR                               Aimee Fagan

                        PRODUCER                                                   Kate Monaghan

                        DIRECTOR                                                     Bree Luck

                        CO-DIRECTOR                                              Kelli Shermeyer

                        COORDINATORS OF FOOD & DRINK      Ed and Virginia Stockwell

                        VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR                   Tracie Skipper

                        BAR MANAGEMENT                                   Darryl Smith

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