A genius fundraiser: ACE Academy throws two galas (one for parents, one forkids) in one night
ACE Academy is a school for gifted students, so their teachers and administrators have to stay one step ahead of the learning curve.
To prove it, the social planners at ACE have come up with an ingenious approach to the typical fundraising format. They're throwing two consecutive galas: one for parents and one for kids.
While parents enjoy The Austin Gifted Gala's Mad Men inspired entertainment, drinking and dancing at The Highball, students will get to experience a personal hands-on tour of the Austin Children's Museum during the Kid's Gala.
Since the Kid's Gala starts and ends an hour before and after the adult party, parents don't need to worry about finding a sitter for the night. Supervisors will be taking kids through stations at the museum and monitoring free-time play before showing a pajamas-optional movie time.
Sure, kids will be enjoying sack lunches while their parents enjoy the delicious bites and cocktails of The Highball — not to mention free access to karaoke rooms and bowling lanes — but there have to be SOME benefits to being an adult, right?
Also on the agenda for the adults: live music from Akina Adderley and Jenn Hartmann and stand up comedy from local entertainer Ralph Hardesty. There will be a live auction for, among other amazing prizes, a year-long UT Sports package and a trip to Antigua. Meanwhile, attendees can enter the silent auction with 40 different prizes including trips to Costa Rica and Uruguay.
The majority of the attendees will be parents, staff and friends of the school, says ACE Academy Assistant Director Elizabeth Lay, but everyone is invited to take part in this evening of high class, big prizes and wonderful entertainment. "Plus, you get all the good karma that comes from supporting a state of the art education for students who need it," adds Lay.
And you don't even have to leave the kids at home. Genius!
Tickets are still available for Sunday night's Austin Gifted Gala through the ACE Academy website. Kid's Gala goes from 5 -10 p.m. Austin Gifted Gala runs 6 - 9 p.m.