Well, we are doing it! We are having our 2nd GALA! It’s funny, when deciding should we or shouldn’t we, the answer was given to us! We had so many people ask, “Are you having another GALA?”, “When is it?” or even say, “You have to!!” It truly warms our hearts to see how many people support SKSL and most importantly how many people want to support our special needs families. There are so many good…no GREAT…people out there.
If you aren’t sure what the GALA is, it is an evening where we share fun, stories, entertainment, a meal, auction, etc. This provides SKSL the opportunity to raise money to go towards all of the monthly events, resources, supplies, etc that SKSL provides all year for families impacted with autism/special needs. Oh, and of course the GALA is the backbone to help us with all of the costs that allow us to keep Sensory World open in the mall!
We’ve been asked, “Why don’t you just charge for your events and for Sensory World?”…. It’s simple, having special needs children ourselves, we understand, first hand, how expensive all of the daily therapies, equipment, dietary needs, school supplies, clothing, etc. can be. Let me give you one example, my son’s weighted blanket, that he needs, was $140. Now keep in mind, with the complicated sensory needs of our kids, that blanket won’t last and will need to be replaced. That’s just one item. Does insurance cover this…NO. Now add to this, many of our special needs families take off work or are unable to work because of their child’s special needs. It is difficult! SKSL whole heartily feels that we should not charge our special needs families for ANY of our events, resources, and even Sensory World. We want to lessen the burdens for our families….including the financial burden that comes hand-in-hand with special needs. Let me give you one small snapshot of a few of the things what SKSL has provided to our special families (other than the FREE events, trainings, and Sensory World)….iPads for communication, compression clothing, weighted blankets, special school supplies, special summer camp fees, books, tracking devices, handicap swings, household safety items, sensory toys/fidgets, etc. That is just to name a few! So is the GALA important…ABSOLUTELY!
So mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE, January 23rd will be the 2nd “Reach for the Stars” GALA! We are going bigger and better this year! The GALA will be held at Music Man Square and the delicious plated meal will be catered by Prime N Wine. We will keep you posted on the many great happenings during the planning stages of our upcoming Reach for the Stars GALA…so bookmark this blog and keep updated to the fun we have in store!