Gala is Brownell Talbot's premiere fundraising event, which supports our students, faculty, and school throughout the year. BT's campus will be transformed into a beautiful space for a night of cocktails, dinner, and a silent and live auction. Members and friends of the BT community are invited to attend this festive event.

Gala was held on Friday, May 12, 2017 and raised $598,000!

Gala 2017 Steering Committee

Honorary Chairs - Jim and Diny Landen
Chairs - Suzanne and Rudy Kotula, Frank Kubat and Edwin Leslie

Live Auction - Debbie Wood, Fatima Basith
Silent Auction - April Combs, Tammy Wagner
Exceptional Events - Laura Crosby, Melanie Smith
Family Baskets - Sheila Christ, Michelle Massey
Online Auction - Steph Gould
Arrangements - Suzanne Kotula
Decorations - Frank Kubat, Casie Schlueter, Amy Stevens
Display - Juliette Lisco, Natalia Atchley
Raffle - Annika George
Mailings/Publicity - Amy Weichmann
Corporate Sponsorships & Underwriting - Jill Bydalek, Jacki Henery
Advertising - Robin Clark

School Staff
Executive Director of Advancement - Shannon Gilroy
Director of Events - Emily Moody

Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors who have committed to helping make this year's gala a success! If you would like to support gala with a corporate sponsorship, please contact Executive Director of Advancement Shannon Gilroy.


Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Kotula


The David Scott Foundation


Leslie Hospitality

Panorama Point Partners, Ltd.


Airlite Plastics

Dr. Pirzada Sattar and Ms. Fatima Basith

Valmont Industries


American National Bank

The Beavers Family

Fraser Stryker

Kutak Rock

Tammy and Robert Wagner

Zach and Natalia Atchley



Dana Magid Development

Dianne Desler

ENT Specialists

Facial Surgery Institute

Imagen Body Sculpting

John Gottschalk

Larry and Liz Mazzotta

Mary Kountze and Neely Kountze, Class of 1969

Mr. and Mrs. Westly Hutcherson