There’s No Place Like Bidding from Home

Great Hearts Academies September 23, 2022

Gala Dining RoomAll the last-minute preparations are still underway at the Chateau Luxe for this weekend’s 5th Annual Great Hearts Gala and Great Hearts Development Officer Haley Kucharo assures, “The evening promises to be a wonderful celebration, with music, dancing, hosted cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, and an incredible program featuring students, teachers, and alumni from around Great Hearts.”

The theme for the evening is A Journey to the Emerald City where guests will be transported to the world of L. Frank Baum’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The Gala is expected to draw over 600 attendees, but if you are not one of them, Kucharo reminds supporters that you don’t have to attend the Gala in person to participate.

Gala Oz BackdropYou can tune in on Saturday, September 24th at 7pm to watch the evening unfold on the Great Hearts YouTube channel or Facebook page. Using one of these online platforms will allow you to experience the evening along with all the guests at the event.  “You don’t want to miss an outstanding performance from our amazing faculty choir and a special recitation from our 2022 Bard Competition winner, Isaac Mendez.” Said Kucharo.

In addition to watching all the presentations and entertainment, you can be actively involved through the silent auctionthat is now open for bidding.  Guests from home can bid and win various offerings along with the attendees at the Gala.  Here are just a few samples of the offerings available to bid on:

  • #351 Headmaster for a Day – Good for one Great Hearts student to shadow a headmaster at the Preparatory academy of their choice. Student will preside over morning announcements, attend meetings, & dismiss homework for the evening! Mutually agreed upon date to take place in the 22-23 school year.
  • #603 Original Oil Painting Painted by Great Hearts Teacher – Enjoy this original oil painting (approximately 30″x30″) hand painted artwork from our very own Cicero Preparatory Art Teacher, Mr. Brighton Demerest-Smith.
  • #300 Happy Hour for 20 at Blanco – Enjoy an evening with friends and family with a happy hour for 20 people at Blanco Cocina + Cantina at the Biltmore! Restrictions apply.
  • #302 Maple & Ash Chef’s Choice Dinner for 2 – Two guests will enjoy Maple & Ash dinner menu selections by two Michelin-starred Chef, Danny Grant, and wine pairings by Maple & Ash’s sommelier.  Restrictions apply.
  • #500 Gorjana Jewelry & Gift Card – Enjoy a beautiful (2) piece necklace set from Gorjana Jewelry and a $250 gift card.
  • #201 (4) Loft Tickets & (1) Parking Pass to Cardinals vs Patriots – Enjoy (4) Loft Tickets & (1) Parking Pass to the December 12, 2022 Arizona Cardinals vs New England Patriots game. Tickets and Parking Pass will be sent via Seat Geek one week prior to the event to the winning individual. Restrictions apply.
  • #212 Diamondbacks Dugout Seats for 4 – Enjoy a night out all the ballpark with (4) Dugout seats during a 2023 Diamondbacks Home Game and a framed professional photo of Ketel Marte. Restrictions apply.
  • #100 Panic at the Disco! Concert Tickets – 4 Suite Tickets & 2 Parking Passes to Panic at the Disco Concert on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Footprint Center.
  • #103 Fairmont Princess 2-Night Stay plus Chef Tasting at Etta – Chef’s Tasting Dinner for (4) at Etta, located in the Scottsdale Quarter and a (2) night stay in a Fairmont room accommodation, including a 60-minute Sisley treatment at the Well & Being Spa located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Restrictions apply.
  • #104 Durant’s Dinner and Ballet Arizona Show for 2 – (2) tickets to any Ballet Arizona main stage performance during the 22-23 season and a $250 Gift Certificate to Durant’s, a charming staple restaurant located in Central Phoenix. Restrictions apply.
  • #112 Comedy Night for 8 at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy – Enjoy (8) tickets to one performance at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy at Desert Ridge in North Phoenix. Restrictions Apply.
  • #121 3-Night Nashville Getaway – Enjoy a 3-night stay in a centrally located Nashville condo in Hillsboro Village. Next to Belmont, Vanderbilt, Music Row, and 1 mile from The Gulch and 12 South! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath stylish and fully renovated condo sleeps 8 people, includes free parking, and is only 2 miles to the Broadway music and bars!

Gala EntryThe silent auction has several more items and experiences to offer with a variety of values that you won’t want to miss out on.  Go online and start your bidding now.

In addition to the silent auction, you can text ‘GREATHEARTS’ to 61094 to donate anytime during the event. This is an easy way to make a huge impact on the evening from the comfort of your own home.  Remember that your contributions during the Gala will help support the Teacher Excellence Fund that has been set up to reward and retain outstanding teachers throughout the Arizona network of schools.  This year’s Gala has been generously sponsored by Casas Bonitas.

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