SCHERERVILLE | Every February since 2008, the Leap into the Arts gala has been a major fundraising event benefiting and showcasing vocal, dance, and orchestra youth organizations in Northwest Indiana.
This year, three 501c3 nonprofit organizations — South Shore Dance Alliance, Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Southlake Children’s Choir — will once again be participants and beneficiaries of this event. In the last six years, the gala has raised more than $100,000 for participants.
This year’s gala will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville. The evening will include more than 75 quality items up for auction, and performances by all three participating groups:
- South Shore Dance Alliance is a contemporary dance company and studio in Northwest Indiana making its home in Griffith’s Franklin Center. Home to award-winning dancers, faculty, and choreographers, SSDA was founded on principles of strong work ethic, outstanding discipline, technical expertise, and a love and passion for dance that is embraced by students, performers, and audiences. SSDA believes that no aspiring dancer shall be denied access to training due to lack of financial resources, and its scholarship program is fundamental to its mission.
- Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra provides young musicians a challenging environment for musical growth within an educational atmosphere. Besides working with gifted professional conductors and musicians, Youth orchestra members are given the opportunity to enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other serious and dedicated musicians.
- Southlake Children’s Choir promises to provide a premier choral experience for children and audiences throughout Northwest Indiana, helping children build confidence and poise through performance, and inspiring a lifetime of musical involvement. Founded in 1984, SCC is a nonprofit choral ensemble dedicated to offering a quality musical experience to children ages seven through fourteen in Northwest Indiana.
For tickets and information about this year’s Leap into the Arts gala, visit www. leapintothearts2014.org.