Gala


 

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, a special Talent Machine photo booth (with familiar holiday props), performances, the chance to reconnect with alumni and friends, and so much more.

Tickets: Early Bird Price: $175 per person over 21 and $150 per person under 21 BEFORE August 31, 2021.
After August 31, ticket prices are $200/$175 per person.

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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

Why a Gala? COVID Hit the Company Hard.

COVID-19 hit the performing arts community in general and The Talent Machine Company very hard. To fulfill our commitment to our kids, we still produced three shows in 2020 (outdoors in the summer, virtual at the holidays). But ticket sales – limited by venue size and social distancing – declined significantly, while the costs for performance rights, rental fees, special stage, lighting and sound equipment for the outdoor facility, and storage space did not go away, and in some cases increased.

Your support will make a difference! Our first-ever Gala will help us generate the funds needed to keep The Talent Machine Company going through the pandemic and beyond.
 

Become a Sponsor or Donate to Our Exciting Silent Auction

In addition to purchasing tickets and attending the Gala, you can help ensure a future for The Talent Machine by becoming a sponsor. You, your family and/or company will be most appreciatively recognized if you would like to sponsor our selfie station, 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 tmcgala30@gmail.com.
 

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

Silent Auction Ideas

We are also looking for fun and interesting items for our silent auction. Hobby or food-related gift baskets are always popular. To spur your creative juices, here are some ideas: baskets featuring a collection of beer, wine and/or and snacks; holiday goodies; chocolates; baby or children’s items; arts and craft supplies; children’s toys; camping gear; or movie night treats. Other ideas for the auction include restaurant gift cards, weekend getaways at the beach or a mountain cabin, theater tickets, and tickets to other special events are also welcome. If you have an item to donate or have questions, contact Gala Chair Mary Porter at TMCGala30@gmail.com.