It’s Hideous: Memorial Episcopal Gala 2016

GalaPoster20160902Since this year’s 82nd annual fundraiser for Memorial Episcopal Church falls on Halloween weekend, the organizing committee, chaired by Monty Howard, decided they just had to go to the dark side. (Cue screams and howls.)

Come in your most macabre, ghostliest garb to the Halloween Gala, to be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-9 pm in Memorial Episcopal’s old Farnham Hall.

To make their descent to the dark side complete, the church has created unique pricing for the gala: church members will pay $65 per person, while neighbors & friends pay only $35/person. They call this policy “radical hospitality.

The church wants to reciprocate the hospitality the whole neighborhood has shown their new rector, the Rev. Grey Maggiano and his family, who are comfortably settling in after their move from Miami,

The church is collaborating with the MRIA’s Social Action Task Force to make the Gala a Party with a Purpose. Actually, it’s the second half of the day’s Parties with a Purpose, following the Ugly Pumpikn Halloween Fest in the afternoon. A portion of the proceeds from both events will be shared with four local non-profits, Jubilee Arts, Wide Angle Youth Media, Child First and Kappa League’s Guide Right mentors program.

While dining on fabulous fare from Michael & Steve of Culinary Creations, guests will enjoy Memorial Players’ own Greg Satorie-Robinson tinkling the ivories and singing lovely, or perhaps ghoulish, tunes. Representatives from neighborhood non-profits, including Rebecca Nagle and Ray Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition, will be on hand to discuss their work in the neighborhood.

As always, silent and live auctions will feature fantastic treasures, getaways, and meals at lovely local homes. But event sponsors are expanding this year’s catalog to include paintings and prints by the talented youth from Jubilee Arts, as well as other refreshing new finds.

Please come in your most elegant funereal vestments. With luck—and prayers—you’ll pass through to the other side unscathed. But the event organizers warn you to BEWARE!

It’s a pity that old Farnham Hall only fits 120 people, because this is the social event of the season. Be sure to get your tickets NOW by purchasing online here – while they last.

For more information, call 410-243-2902.