We are hosting our Harvest Gala on November 21, 2020.

Join us for our favorite night of the year! The Harvest Gala will feature delicious food, some grown right here at The Leadership Center. Attendees will be treated to wine from James Arthur Vineyards and beer from Prairie Pride Brewery. We will also have the musical stylings of Mojo Filter!

Before we tell you how fabulous this night is going to be, let me tell you why we are doing this! After a very hard hit year by the impact of Covid-19, this year’s critical fundraising efforts are going towards operations and programs. Our goal is $50,000.00. These efforts including continuing Leadership Development Education under our D4LC programs, our number educational partnerships and offerings, and of our course, our main business of hospitality.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with incredible hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar provided by both Jame Arthur Vineyards & Prairie Pride Brewery. The Silent Auction will also take place during this time.

Dinner will be served at 7:15. Tables will have selection of beer & wines that compliment the meal. This multi-course meal will be served by our wonderful and talented Aurora NHS Volunteers.

The meal this year will be:

  • Mixed greens with feta, toasted pecans, and raspberry vinaigrette
  • Raspberry Vodka Peach Sorbet
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Scallops
  • Duchess Potatoes
  • Basalmic Brussel Sprouts
  • Wine & Beer Pairings for each course

After dinner, we’ll have a lively dessert auction! It’s a perfect way to score amazing cakes and pies from some of our favorite vendors including the executive director’s mom, Karen! Last year her turtle cheese cake when for over $350! The desserts can be boxed up to take home for the upcoming holiday season or plated for your table. Then follows a live auction!

We conclude the evening with live music from Mojo Filter and dancing.

**NEW THIS YEAR** We are offering parents who want to attend an opportunity to bring the kiddos! We have partnered with the Edgerton Explorit Center with the help of Aurora NHS and their Edgerton on the Move program. While parents enjoy a wonderful fancy event, the kids get to play, run, do activities and enjoy pizza and decorate your own cupcakes in the gym. Tickets can be purchased at the same time as your gala tickets.

All in all, it will be a fabulous night of fun and fundraising for all!

For ticket information, click here.

For sponsorship information, click here.

We hope you’ll join us!

**Currently the Huskers are scheduled to play Illinois on Nov. 21. The game time is yet to be set. Should it be on during the Gala, we will have it available to watch!

*****Should Covid-19 and Direct Health Mandates (DHM) force us to change the nature of this event or cancel it, we will be in contact with all ticket holders and sponsors. We will adhere to any DHMs that are in place. Tables will be social distant. The meal is plated and served. Masks will be available for those who wish to wear them, but they will not be manditory. We fully understand if the current times make it unable for you to attend. We do hope you’ll consider donating then as fundraising this year is more critical then ever given the impact to our business and offerings due to the pandemic. Thank you.*****

Enjoy some of the photos Karyn Rae Photography caught at the 5th Annual Harvest Gala in 2019.