This Sunday, SMUS students, parents and guests are invited to attend the Free the Children Gala, a student-run fundraising event featuring SMUS musicians. The semi-formal charity bash will include refreshments, dancing, a silent auction and fun for all ages.
“It’s a family-orientated event,” says co-organizer Nikki van der Wal. Children under six can attend for free and there is also a special family rate of $50.
The gala will be raising funds for the Adopt a Village campaign, which works to provide an impoverished village with schools, health care, sanitation and alternative income programmes. The SMUS students are working on improving life in a village in Sri Lanka.
“We’re so passionate about the cause,” says co-organizer Anna Fretz. “It’s a sustainable and holistic approach to community development.”
In support of the event, jazz musician and SMUS parent Daniel Lapp will be performing, as will SMUS student musicians including Emily Reid, Jake McCloskey, Oliver Brooksand Andrew Taylor. Vaughn Stokes, who recently performed at the Small Ensembles concert, will perform original music with his band. For the silent auction, a sailing trip to Discovery Island, paintings, and cosmetic treatments are just some of the items donated by community members.
“It’s going to be an event to remember,” says Nikki.
Tickets for students ($10), adults ($20), and families ($50) can be purchased at the door, or on campus at School House reception and in the campus quad during lunch hour. Tickets can be purchased with cash or students can buy tickets for themselves, their parents and their guests using their school account. Doors open at 6:30 pm.