Of the 210 auction items, only four or five remained as the gala closed last Friday evening. Last year’s gala raised about $70,000, and this year, the Davis Conference Center was packed with supporters who raised even more. All the proceeds go directly to the schools and the Davis Reads program.
“We were so pleased that people here are so supportive of our schools, even in this economy,” said Davis Education Foundation director Sheryl Allen.
Allen said it takes about a week to tally everything together and get final numbers, but they are expecting to see this year’s gala as the most successful ever. “We’re very positive and think that is highly likely,” said Allen.
For the 13th annual Davis Education Foundation Gala, the night focused on “Night of the Dragon.” The Davis Conference Center was decked out in cultural tapestry and professional singer and Davis County resident George Dyer was the night’s entertainment.
“He was amazing, and we got so many comments about him,” said Allen.
The gala included a dinner, silent auction and entertainment by Dyer. Auction items included tickets to “Wicked,” Disneyland packages, paintings, gift baskets from sponsors and more.
The funds raised go directly to the schools. Teachers can apply through their school’s committee for grants funded by the gala. Community members also had the opportunity at the gala to designate where their funds go. Allen said the funds could work out to have about $1,500 go to each school, depending on how much has been designated by donors.
“The funds could go to schools, Davis Reads, our charity shopping spree or other programs,” said Allen.