Buy Tickets, Join Our Sponsors, and Explore Silent Auction Items and Ideas: Help us Keep the Magic Alive!

You’re invited to celebrate 30 years of Holiday Magic with us and support the future of The Talent Machine Company for kids, families and the community.

Child in furry animal costumeDate: Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time: 7 to 11 p.m.

Location: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
80 Compromise Street,
Downtown Annapolis

Enjoy wonderful food, an open bar, the friendly competition of an exciting silent auction (see more details below), a special Talent Machine photo booth (with holiday props), performances, the chance to reconnect with alumni and friends, and so much more.

Why a Gala? COVID Hit the Company Hard.

COVID-19 hit the performing arts community and The Talent Machine Company very hard. To fulfill our commitment to our kids, we continued to produce shows, but we had to use a combination of online viewing (2020 holiday show) and smaller venues. Ticket sale declined while our costs did not. Your support of our Gala will make a difference!

TICKETS: $200 per person 21 and over and $175 per person under 21.

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An Inspirational Leader

“Lea is the Company’s greatest asset. Her passion, commitment and love for these kids is an inspiration. She has given countless kids a place to be themselves and grow, even in some of the hardest years of adolescence.”

Mari Ann Donnelly

A Professional Experience

“The Talent Machine develops entertainers! The training these kids receive is at a professional level. Not only do they learn the foundations of musical theater in dance and song, they learn set production, costumes, lighting, directing, blocking. And they get to experience what it truly means to work as a unit toward a common goal.”

Nellum Family

A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Our Generous Gala Sponsors

We have had an amazing outpouring of support from many generous businesses and families. We greatly appreciate the support of the following Gala Sponsors.

Energy Circle Presenting Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Lisa Rodgers

Santa Level Sponsors ($5,000) 

  • Johansen Family
  • Potter Burnett, Attorneys at Law
  • Tidman Family

Frosty Level Sponsors ($2,500)

  • Conkling Foster CPA
  • Grindrod Family
  • Martini Family
  • Mary Porter
  • St. John Properties, Inc.
  • World of Beer

Magic Makers ($1,000)

  • Associated Italian American Charities
  • ChasenBoscolo
  • Barry P. Gossett
  • Krepps/Rector Family
  • Karen Lerario
  • Alex, Debbie & Chris Murphy
  • Raley Family
  • Small Family
  • The Valente Law Group

Santa’s Elves ($500)

  • A.L. Goodies
  • Arbogast Family
  • Arthur Law Group
  • Amy & Dan Clements
  • Law Offices of Vicki Dexter, LLC
  • Friedman Family
  • J & G Landscape Design
  • Law Offices of Markey & Orsi
  • Kathleen McDonald & Chuck Kerr
  • Podiatry Group of Annapolis
  • Julie Seaman
  • Sims/Stanford Family
  • Martin J. Snider
  • Sonntag TMC Family
  • Sprandel/Thibault Family
  • Van Wormer Family
  • L. Lee Voegler
  • What’s Up? Media
  • Michael Winkelman & Wytonja Curry

Mark and Danielle Tidman, Santa-Level sponsors, share why Talent Machine matters to our community. 

Many thanks to the Helena Foundation and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for their grant support of The Talent Machine Company. And a special thank you to our all of our 2021 Talent Machine Company donors.

Arts Council Grant SupportThis support has made it possible for The Talent Machine Company to fulfill its mission throughout the year.


Tony Aguilar ~ Kassidy Allen ~ Danielle Basilio ~ Darren Biggart ~ Lisa Brabazon ~ Katie Brown ~ Kelly Brown ~ Heather Carroll ~ Compass Stone & Tile, LLC ~ David Covington ~ Curbelo Family ~ Jessica Daigle ~ John Dexter ~ Natalie Dixon ~ Earl Family ~ Abbie Ellicott ~ Megan Arts Evans ~ Mary Ewenson ~ Amy Fleming ~  Rick Gangloff ~ Jill & Richard Garrity ~ Joanne Gingerich ~ Jacquelyn Grattan ~ Nancy Greco ~ Whitney Green ~ Sara Gunderson ~ The Helena Foundation ~ David R. Herron ~ Hess Family ~ Kristen Hutchinson ~ Joseph M. Jernigan ~ Enzo & Theresa Leone ~ Limansky Family ~ Brian Love ~ Mary Martin ~ Cheryl & Kevin McCarty ~ Conor McCarty ~ Bridget McMahon ~ Miller Family ~ Richard Meyer ~ Jessica Murphy ~ Thomas A. Neal ~ Michelle Nellum ~ Nester Family ~ Kevin & Chris O’Connor ~ O’Neil Family ~ Lisa & David Ossman ~ Leigh Ottenbacher ~ Paula Overton ~ Jannette Talbot Owen ~ Travis Pastrana ~ Katie Peacock ~ Cathy D. Pette ~ Debbie Potter ~ Therese Prince ~ Jodi and Jerry Roberts ~ Dr. Suzanne Sankey ~ Karen Sehemmel ~ John Simpson ~ Khristine Smith ~ Susan, David & Gillian Smith ~ Rick Steinmetz ~ VanBourgondien Family ~ Sally Van Zandt ~ Melissa Vogelsinger ~ Don, Tesss & Caleb Williams ~ Lisa & Mark Zobrisky

A special thank you also to:

  • The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel for their unending patience and guidance as we planned our first Gala.
  • Beltway Transportation for providing shuttle service this year to and from our Holiday Magic shows at Indian Creek School.
  • Phillip Edgerly for producing “Front Row Center,” the amazing short film about TMC.


Join Our Team of Sponsors

In addition to purchasing tickets and attending the Gala, you can help ensure a future for The Talent Machine by joining our wonderful team of sponsors. You, your family and/or company will be most appreciatively recognized if you would like to sponsor the world premiere of The Talent Machine’s 30th Anniversary video, our Gala dessert buffet or open bar. See Sponsorship Levels below. To become a sponsor now, click here, or for more information, please contact Gala Chair Mary Porter at

Sponsorship Levels

Energy Circle Level: $10,000

Considered our Presenting Sponsor, your company (or your family) would be recognized in ALL Gala communications. Your support would be recognized in the following ways:

  • 8 tickets to the Gala
  • 4 complimentary valet parking spots for the night of the event
  • Your company logo (or family name) on the Gala invitation
  • Your company logo (or family name) on all social media posts, news releases, and flyers promoting the Gala
  • Presenting sponsor event signage
  • Recognition on the Home Page of The Talent Machine’s newly launched website (this recognition would remain on the website long past the Gala)
  • Full-page ad on the inside front cover of the Gala Program
  • Special acknowledgement during remarks at the Gala
Santa Level: $5,000

Your support would be recognized with:

  • 4 tickets to the Gala
  • 2 complimentary valet parking spots for the night of the event
  • Signage at the event as host of your choice of the cocktail hour, dessert buffet or selfie station
  • Recognition in a special social media post acknowledging our donors
  • Name on the Gala invitation
  • Full page ad in the Gala Program
  • Recognition during remarks at the Gala
  • Recognition on the Donor page of the Talent Machine’s newly launched website
Frosty Level: $2,500

Your support would be recognized with:

  • Signage at the event
  • Your company logo (or family name) on the Donor page of The Talent Machine’s newly launched website
  • Half-page ad in the Gala Program
  • Recognition during remarks at the Gala
Magic Makers Level: $1,000

Your support would be recognized with:

  • Signage at the event
  • Your company logo (or family name) in the Gala Program
  • Recognition on the Donor page of The Talent Machine’s newly launched website
Santa’s Elves Level: $500

Your support would be recognized with:

  • Your company logo (or family name) in the Gala Program
  • Recognition on the Donor page of The Talent Machine’s newly launched website

Explore Exciting Silent Auction Items, Donate Your Own, and Discover Amazon Wish Lists!

We have received some special and interesting items for our silent auction, including:

  • Two hand-made quilts donated by Debbie Potter, made from all of the TMC holiday show t-shirts.
  • A wine-tasting for 20 donated by Total Wine & More.
  • Ravens Club tickets and parking, donated by the Gimmelstob Family.
  • A Taste of Ireland gift basket and restaurant gift certificate from McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar.

Other ideas for the auction include weekend getaways, theater or special event tickets, art, crafts, hobby-related gift baskets, wine, and specialized services, such as interior design, marketing or photography, among others.

In addition, Alison Collier, a Gala committee member, has set up a series of Wish Lists on Amazon. You can make a purchase that we will help create Talent Machine-show-themed gift baskets. Options are available at many price points. Use her links below, and if you if you haven’t already, please register to make your purchases through Amazon Smile for the benefit of The Talent Machine Company. It’s easy to do at A small percentage of EVERY purchase will support the Company.

Purchase an item from one of the Wish Lists below, or create your own list with a TMC show theme. Contact Alison, Mary Porter, or Donna Arbogast (contacts below), and we will will help you publicize it through emails and social media. Here are Alison’s lists.

Beauty and the Beast basket ideas

Urinetown basket ideas

Willy Wonka basket ideas

Holiday Show basket ideas

If you have questions about the Amazon Wish List Gift Basket drive, contact You can have your item(s) delivered to you and then you can drop them at either Mary Porter’s or Donna Arbogast’s house. Or you can have them delivered directly to Mary at 139 Island View Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401, or Donna at 1804 Summersweet Ct., Crofton, MD  21114. If you have an item to donate or have any other questions, contact Gala Chair Mary Porter at