SEF Gala in Celebration of the Arts in Suffolk Public Schools

Here’s your opportunity to support the music, theater and visual arts programs in Suffolk Public Schools by attending the Suffolk Education Foundation’s annual Gala in Celebration of the Arts!  Buy your Gala tickets now for a fabulous night of entertainment by our students.

The sixth annual Celebration of the Arts will welcome you on

Wednesday, March 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront (100 East Constance Road.)  

Semi-formal attire is encouraged. 


Proceeds will directly benefit the fine arts programs in Suffolk

Public Schools.

This year’s theme is “American Road Trip.”  Award-winning

entertainment by student orchestras, bands, and chorus groups

will feature song selections as you travel along America's great

highways, celebrate its fantastic cities and states, and marvel

at its landmarks and natural beauty.

A few of the song selections include Georgia on My Mind,

Country Roads, Surfin’ U.S.A., Wabash Cannonball, Way Down

Yonder in New Orleans, Route 66, and Moon River.  


Student groups selected to perform will be announced soon.


Also reflecting the “American Road Trip” theme will be displays

of the original creations of student artists from all elementary,

middle and high schools that will amaze you. In addition, you

could win a beautiful piece of original art created by SPS art

teachers, who are auctioning their artwork to directly support fine arts in your schools. 

New this year will be dessert samples and dessert auction items provided by the culinary art students from the College & Career Academy at Pruden.  Think about apple pie cheesecake to represent New York, peanut butter cheesecake for Virginia, key lime cheesecake for Florida, and possibly macadamia nut & pineapple cheesecake to celebrate Hawaii.


The ticket price includes a Southwestern style dinner of boneless beef ribs and bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp. A cash bar will be available. But the highlight of the fun-filled evening of networking is seeing and hearing the talents of our local students.


Tickets are $45 a person.  A table for 8 is $325.  You can purchase your tickets online at  You can also contact or call (757) 774-7500 or (757) 237-3249.  


When asked why the community should attend the Gala …

Sandra Darden, Art Teacher, said:
“The SEF Gala hits all your senses...from the visually stunning artwork and moving musical performances to the fabulous food and beautiful artowkr. Your generosity and support of this Gala directly benefits the most important thing in Suffolk -- our students!”


Dr. Joleen Neighbours, SPS Fine Arts Coordinator, said::

“SEF supports the schools, helping with items that are more than "brick and mortar" but rather the “heart and soul” of teaching. The gala benefits our future innovators, dreamers, and artists - the ones who create the world in which we live. Our students need to know their talent is valued and appreciated, and not just relegated to a test score.”


Linda Hurwitz, Orchestra Director, said:

“The SEF Gala is a wonderful coming together of our extended arts community for a fabulous evening filled with both student and teacher works of art as well as musical performances. The best reason of all to attend is to enjoy this celebration of creativity right here in Suffolk, and to support the arts programs in our schools.”

We're Taking a Road Trip Across America!

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It's Baaack ... after a two-year break ...

Wednesday, March 16, 2022