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A Noise Within's Virtual Gala

April 22-24, 2020

ANW’s Virtual Gala

Paddle Raise | Honorees | Virtual Lobby | Performances | Edu @ ANW | Recipes

“Through the Looking Glass” – ANW’s Virtual Gala



A Welcome from Geoff and Julia

Dear Friends,

Well, this certainly isn’t how we expected 2020 to go! We hope that you and your loved ones are safe, and that you’ve been able to find some glimpses of joy and beauty in your quarantine. Staying entertained and connected to one another at a time like this are a must—which is why we’re so happy you’ve joined us at our first-ever virtual gala! Dinner on Stage this year was intended to take place on the set of Alice in Wonderland, a whimsical adventure that we got to share with audiences for exactly one week before a certain pandemic forced us to close early. In the spirit of Alice and all her curious encounters, we are thrilled to welcome you to our virtual gala, “Through the Looking Glass” (or as we like to call it, “Dinner Online”)! This unique celebration of theatre, community, and arts education takes place from the comfort of your own home. Join us in our virtual lobby or send us a photo of your gala outfit for a chance to win “best dressed;” watch exclusive performances from the cast of Alice while you enjoy a themed cocktail… recipe; celebrate two ANW heroes; and donate to help us raise $150,000 for our education program in the next 48 hours!

Alice is an upside-down magical dreamland where imagination defies reality and madness makes logic. What a perfect play for our times. Thank you so much for joining us, and for supporting education at A Noise Within!

—Geoff & Julia




Wednesday, April 22nd
6:30 pm – The gala opens up – we have 48 hours to hit our goal! 
Thursday, April 23rd 
Friday, April 24th  
6:00 pm – Get ready to stream! Tune in to Facebook Live or watch on YouTube!
Toast with Geoff and Julia 
Honoring Terri Murray with the Legacy Award
Performances from Alice in Wonderland  
Last call for paddle pledges!


THANK YOU to our 2020 Gala Sponsors!

Looking-Glass (Presenting Sponsor)
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Cheshire Cat

Wines donated by Robert & Kim Michero

House of Cards

Special thank you to our Gala Chairs – Julie Daniels & Jay Lesiger

“Table” Donors:

Bill & Claire Bogaard
Kathy & James Drummy
Bill & Priscilla Kennedy
Sheila & Alan Lamson
Lyn Spector
Jay Lesiger & Tom Klebba
Julie & Lance Markowitz
Terri Murray
Gail Samuel & William Christian
Vickie & Alex Taylor
Rhodes & Liz Trussell

Alice in Wonderland Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor
Terri Murray

Chris Burt & Tieu-My Nguyen

Jeanie & Terry Kay

Donna Napoli

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: Alice Ensemble, photo by Craig Schwartz
Section heroes: 1. Dinner on Stage 2019, photo by Ariana Gleckman 2. Terri Murray 3. Dinner on Stage 2019, photo by Ariana Gleckman 4. Kasey Mahaffy, Rafael Goldstein, and Erika Soto, photo by Craig Schwartz. 5. ANW Student Matinee, photo by Brian Feinzimer 6. Berry Tart, photo by Sainsburys Magazine