Celebrate the Light Gala

Friday, November 10, 2017
Milwaukee Public Museum

Walk up the grand staircase and get ready to celebrate life worth living amid the vivid backdrop of countries, cultures and world wonders at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Chat with friends under a 36-foot long Humpback whale, explore diversity of life as you browse the silent auction, savor an appetizer in front of the butterfly garden and even give a toast to Milwaukee’s beloved gorilla, Samson.

After the dinner and program, hop aboard a life-size streetcar that will transport you on a journey back in time to Milwaukee’s yesteryear. Enjoy dessert, coffee or an evening beverage as you and your friends stroll down the gaslit lanes of the newly re-imagined interactive Streets of Old Milwaukee before the evening concludes.



Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Celebrate the Light Gala! Thanks to your generosity, more than $170,000 in grants will be distributed to patients in need. Your gift makes life worth living!

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

As guests walked up the grand staircase at the Milwaukee Public Museum, they were greeted with a celebration of life worth living. Friends chatted underneath the 36-foot long humpback whale, bid on auction items while exploring the diversity of life, savored appetizers in front of the butterfly garden, and smiled for the camera in front of an exact replica of Milwaukee’s beloved gorilla, Samson.

Before we knew it, it was time to head upstairs for the dinner and program. The Steiglieder special exhibits gallery was decorated in beautiful pink and champagne colors. The flowers, decorations, and pink Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling, created a peaceful atmosphere throughout the night.

Featured Presentation – Nashotah Program

The presentation featured the Nashotah Program. Two beautiful young girls and their mother touched our hearts with their stories. Each of the girls, in their own unique way, spoke about the obstacles they faced everyday prior to coming to Rogers, but now they are able to face challenges knowing that they have a plethora of skills they can use to help improve the moment.

“Pearls of Wisdom” Raffle

Congratulations to Julie Ellenbecker, winner of our “Pearls of Wisdom” Raffle sponsored by Lyle Husar Designs. A very special thank you to Craig Husar, who surprised each of our Nashotah graduates with their own set of pearl earrings.

Dessert and Coffee Station

After the program, guests were invited to take a step back in time and stroll through the newly re-imagined Streets of Old Milwaukee. Coffee stations and dessert bars were set up throughout the cobblestone lanes. It was a perfect end to a special evening filled with laughter and friendship!


Registration is now closed



Thank you all of the sponsors and underwriters who made the 2016 Gala one for the record books!

To view a list of our event sponsors click here


gala2016-20The auction was fabulous, bringing in $33,835 for patients in need!