Van Wezel Foundation Celebrates 20th Annual Inspiration Gala Featuring Headliner Harry Connick Jr.

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Photo courtesy of the organization.

The Van Wezel Foundation (Foundation) announced the return of its annual Inspiration Gala on January 27, 2022, featuring a performance from Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts.

"The Inspiration Gala is our largest annual fundraiser, raising more than $1 million through the generosity of our community,” said Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of the Foundation. “We are looking forward to celebrating and furthering the Foundation’s critical mission-driven work by enriching our community through the power of the arts.” 

Susan Travers and Kathy Martella are returning co-chairs for this year's Inspiration Gala, which also includes a Host Committee of dedicated benefactors. The evening will feature a program that boasts a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and other special surprises, all leading to Harry Connick Jr.’s performance on the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage. As part of the annual celebration, the evening will also announce the Appleton Arts Integration Award, honoring an individual who best incorporates arts integration techniques in their approach to better our community. The Award is made possible by a legacy gift from Mrs. Louise Appleton, a local philanthropist who had a passion for arts and its connection to education.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala are available from $50,000 to $10,000. Sponsorships can be reserved online by following this link.

Photo courtesy of the organization.

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