Friday, February 2013
This year’s gala, Building Our Future Today, is co-chaired by CWS parents Mary Motyka and Lisa Donofrio. Mary and Lisa have helped make the gala a reality for the past three years and share their excitement and the latest news of this year’s gala. Building Our Future Today will held on March 16th, 2013 at the historic Germania Place.
Why is the 2013 gala, Building Our Future Today, so important?
Lisa Donofrio: This year’s gala is very exciting because it is the kick-off of our first capital campaign for a permanent campus.
Mary Motyka: This will truly be a special gala. We have been hoping and dreaming for a permanent home and seeing the start of this endeavor is thrilling!
Why do you think people should support an event like Building Our Future Today?
LD: The gala is a wonderful way to connect with friends as well as raise funds for a permanent campus.
MM: I hope that people attend to support the launch of the capital campaign, to enjoy each other’s company, and to celebrate the school’s many successes.
What is different about this year’s gala?
LD: There have been some major changes this year. The biggest change is the venue. This year’s gala will be held at Germania Place, one of Chicago’s oldest and most significant historic landmarks. There will be live music from the well-known and talented group of Lynne Jordan & The Shivers. Our community loves to dance and enjoy one another!
MM: I have to simply echo what Lisa said. New venue and live music!
What made you choose to work on this year’s gala?
LD: I think that the gala is an important fundraiser for the school and our children. I am honored to be part of it!
MM: I wanted to help continue the momentum of success from the last two galas. This work has been incredibly rewarding, and has made a tangible difference at the school. The teachers and staff truly benefit from and are so grateful for our community’s generosity.
What have you enjoyed most about working on this year's gala?
LD: I enjoy working with CWS staff, my co-chair Mary Motyka, and other parents who volunteer to help with gala.
MM: I am grateful for all that I have learned by working with a talented and dedicated team comprised of CWS staff, faculty and parents.
Why are you looking forward to attending gala 2013: Building Our Future Today?
LD: This year’s gala is the kick-off to the first Capital Campaign. What an important and exciting undertaking! In addition, the Boyce Award will be presented to a teacher who consistently exemplifies high-quality Waldorf teaching. The entire school community is grateful to Lee and Cathy Boyce for their spirit of generosity in initiating this special award.
MM: Dancing! If there is one thing I have learned from the past two galas, it is that our community loves to dance. And of course I am also excited to once again be amazed by what Chicago Waldorf community can achieve together.