Releasing Dreams through Arts and Technology
by D. Joseph Wolfe
Every spring semester, New Hope Christian College hosts its largest fund raiser event: The Gala. Friends of New Hope are invited to both come and see the school’s vision cast through Creative Arts, technology, and personal student testimonies, and to take part in donating to that vision.
A big part of New Hope is the vision to release the dreams of the students, and this year’s Gala narrowed that focus through the lens of arts and technology. With an expanding Creative Arts department and the increased use of technology in and out of the classroom, the school is poised to release the dreams of many students by offering training in artistic endeavors and utilizing cutting-edge technology to facilitate learning and spreading the gospel.
The reason for the school hosting this fund raising event is that New Hope is not a tuition-only school. The school relies on the generous donations of others to provide high quality education to incoming students at an affordable price. The money raised at the Gala goes towards scholarships for the students, who also play a big role in volunteering at the event. While the New Hope staff does plan the event, the vast majority of the positions is staffed by student volunteers. Whether they help you park or they serve your food, nearly every student at the school participates at this event.
When asked about the vision for this year’s Gala, President Guy Higashi mentioned that dream releasing is a significant vision for the College. Last year’s Gala emphasis was “releasing dreams around the world,” so it was missions-oriented. President Guy mentioned that for this year they wanted to hi-light the creative arts aspect of the school, including students who are not Creative Arts majors but are still pursing creative ventures during their time here.
This year’s Gala was a resounding success. Compared to last year, the number of tables available increased from 15 to 27, and about a third of the attendees were first-timers to the Gala event. The fundraising goal for the event was $75,000, and by the end $85,000 was raised. Also, an additional $75,000 in special contributions was given to the College just prior to the event.
Lori Higashi, the President’s wife and Executive Assistant, mentioned that there was a spirit of friendly competition for the silent auction and dessert dash. Attendees enjoyed bidding against each other to win a vacation or a delicious dessert for their table to enjoy. Attendees were also amazed at the high quality of the videos and live performances, and some from the local theater community even commented that the quality of the creative elements was on a professional level.
Next year’s Gala is already in the works, but for now all plans are secret. One thing is certain though: there are always big surprises around the corner when it comes to New Hope Christian College events, and we hope to see you there next year!