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ANW’s Virtual Gala 2021

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Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott invite you to join us for our annual gala…


Join us for ANW’s second virtual gala!


Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at 6:30 pm


From the comfort of your own homes!

The gala will be streamed through Zoom, and you will be encouraged to turn on your camera and join in the fun!


To support ANW’s Education Program and honor our teachers and students, who have spent this past year heroically continuing their journey to teach and learn together despite the odds.

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The event tonight is hosted on Zoom. Attendees, you should have received an email from with your Zoom link, but feel free to give us a call or email if you need anything.

Need assistance with your catering, Zoom, or last minute questions? Please contact us with the following info:

Development Director, Patti Anne Miller:
cell phone: (817) 991-5594 


Development Associate, Cynthia Naideau
cell phone: (631) 662-5080

A Welcome from Geoff and Julia 

Dear Friends,

The Education Program at a Noise Within was designed to be a flexible one. No two students are the same and every class has different needs, so why would we offer the same thing to each of our education partners? Instead, ANW adapts to the needs of each class, tailoring our programs in terms of length, content, and location. We also offer flexible scholarships that can be utilized on tickets, transportation, and/or program fees – whatever our partners need from us to help get this critical arts education to their students.

Well, as we all know, this past year has presented remarkable obstacles for each of us, forcing us to adapt in ways we never could have imagined. The challenges are heightened, but our outlook has remained the same: how can we best serve students and teachers, wherever they may be? This was the question that inspired us early on in the pandemic, as we sought new ways to engage students in a digital world (like our online, interactive five-week summer camp). It is the same question that drives us today as we produce virtual Student Matinees this spring, a stronger distance-learning curriculum moving forward, and a program that is ready to support and uplift students when the pandemic is over.

When we look at the challenges of the past year, the thing that truly stands out to us is the resiliency, innovation, and leadership of educators. When everything around them was closing, digital classrooms were opening. Teachers had no warning time and extremely limited resources, yet they rose to the occasion, adapting over and over again in spectacular, inspiring ways. What educators did for our community last year – what they do every year – can only be described as “heroic”; that’s why we’ve chosen to honor them at this year’s virtual gala. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate them and raise both awareness and much-needed funding for the Education Program at A Noise Within.

Head over to our tickets page for your attendance options. While we encourage you to purchase tickets or a table for the event to support ANW Edu, all gala content will be free and accessible to everyone after the livestream.

Much like last year, the event will be as fun and interactive as possible. We’re moving closer and closer to safe, live events again, but we’re all out of practice on how to celebrate – so take ANW’s virtual gala as your opportunity to practice! Dust off those “going out” clothes you haven’t worn in a while and have a photoshoot in your living room! Decorate your dining table and pretend you are onstage at A Noise Within! Play some music, mix up a drink, and enjoy a delicious catered meal from local chef Onil Chibás!

This event is very special to us: it’s our chance to raise over $170,000 for our Education Program – the heart of A Noise Within. Help us get there and have some fun along the way. Looking forward to seeing you online!



—Geoff & Julia

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Margaret Sedenquest in yellow cursive. Margaret Sedenquist pictured at Dinner On Stage as she smiles and holds up a paddle. She has short curly blond hair with a green streak and wears a coat with black and white flowers.

At our gala this year, we will be honoring Margaret Sedenquist. Margaret was our Board Vice President for the past few years and before that a devoted Board member and ANW advocate. Her intelligence, spirit, and wicked sense of humor could set an entire room on fire. Margaret was forever young, from her sharp intellectual curiosity to her trend-setting green hair streak. Truly one of a kind.Celebrate Margaret’s contributions and impact in our community, especially the arts. If you would like to make a donation in her honor, please use the button below and be sure to include “Margaret Sedenquist” in the “In Honor of” field!

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Monday, April 26th

2:00 pm
The gala opens up – we have 48 hours to hit our goal!

4:00 pm
Read about our amazing educators who we are spotlighting on our Honorees page!

Tuesday, April 27th

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Look out for your special delivery if you are a ticket or table buyer!

6:00 pm
Mix up your cocktail in preparation for the event

6:30 pm
Cocktail hour begins

7:30 pm
Livestream event begins

8:30 pm
Feel inspired by our event? Head over to the paddle raise and make your contribution now!

Wednesday, April 28th

12:00 pm
Take some time to check out our paddle pledge at lunch and donate to get in on the action

1:00 pm
Want to watch the performances again? Email us!

1:30 pm
Take one last look at our fundraising thermometer and help us reach our goal!

1:59 pm
Last call for paddle pledges

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Want to be a corporate sponsor for our event? Contact us today!

Premier Sponsors
Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger
Dick & Sally Roberts

Table Sponsors
Jennifer Diener
Jeanie & Terry Kay
William & Priscilla Kennedy
Jay Lesiger & Tom Klebba
Terri Murray
Gail Samuel & William Christian
Liz & Rhodes Trussell

Molly & Peter Bachmann
Bill & Claire Bogaard
Susan Carr
Shirley Croft
Patricia Doherty
Becky Doody
Kathy & Jim Drummy
Pat & Sandy Gage
Patrick Garcia
Barbara Goen
Ruth & Richard Goldstein
Margarita Gomez
Armando Gonzalez & Brenda Berg
Evelyn Hoffman
Meg Huntington Cajero & Paul Cajero
Drs. Robert & Jennifer Israel
Anne Johnson
Molly Joseph & Don Wallschlaeger
Julie & Lance Markowitz
Tanya Mink
Cynthia Nunes & Barbara Nye
Justine Parish
Patricia Pengra
Richard Pulice
Leslie Regal
Carol Rigolot
Karen Rosenthal
Lyn Spector
Louise Spillman
Randi Tahara
David & Julianne Worrell

Please contact our Development staff if you need assistance making your contribution or navigating the Virtual Gala. Due to the coronavirus closure, our staff is working remotely and can be reached on their mobile devices:

Development Director, Patti Anne Miller: (817) 991-5594
Institutional Giving Manager, Zach Davidson: (303) 517-1529
Development Assistant, Cynthia Naideau: (631) 662-5080

Header: Trisha Miller and Veralyn Jones, Argonautika; Kasey Mahaffy, Henry V. Photos by Craig Schwartz.