Gilda’s Night moves this year to a new location at Collegiate... directly across from what will eventually be the location for a new and improved Gilda’s Club. Here’s why this November event matters more than ever.
It’s the annual event that typically draws an overflow crowd to a beautifully decorated, packed tent at Rodes or Bittners. This year, however, there promises to be more elbow room and a few surprises at a new location at Louisville Collegiate School. “It’s very different this year,” says event chair Michele Oberst. “We’re at a brand new location which we’ve never used before, in a gym at Collegiate. They’ve been very gracious about the space and about allowing us to work with our partners at Bittners to turn this room into a wonderful, beautiful event setting.” (Anyone who’s seen what Bittners can do with a tent can imagine what they can do with a cavernous gym.)
It’s a blank canvas that comes without the weather and capacity concerns that are part of hosting a popular party underneath a tent.
“This year, if we sell a few more tickets, which we would like to do, we will be able to squeeze people in,” says Tonya Cook, Development Director at Gilda’s Club. With exciting new auction prizes including a stargazing dinner in Bernheim Forest and a collection of twenty years of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottles, there are plenty of new twists that make it a must-attend. The gourmet meal by Chef Chad Welch of Atria Hospitality, who has been winning rave reviews at other fundraisers, promises to be a crowd pleaser.
Then, of course, there’s the mission itself and the importance of the new capital campaign. “The first Gilda’s Night was held thirteen years ago—two years before the red doors of Gilda’s Club opened,” says Karen Morrison, president and CEO of Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana. “The fourteenth Gilda’s Night will help us open more red doors, expanding our capacity and increasing access, ensuring no one faces cancer alone.”
IF YOU GO
Gilda’s Night will be held on Friday, November 9, at Louisville Collegiate School and hosted by chairs Susan and William Yarmouth. Cocktails start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $265. Call (502) 371-3052 for more information or to purchase.