Midwest Academy gala set for Sept. 30


By Renee Larr

Midwest Academy in Carmel will host its eighth annual gala fundraiser event Sept. 30 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.



“Midwest Academy is a school that serves children in grades 4 to 12 with learning style differences. We don’t like to use the word disabilities because every child can learn, they just learn a different way,” said Lauren Hoffman, Midwest Academy development manager. “A lot of our children have ADD, ADHD, high-functioning autism. A lot of our kids have slow processing. They have school anxiety. We have a lot of children who just need a smaller classroom setting to learn. We’re a very progressive school that has a lot of project-based learning.”

The gala is a semi-formal event that primarily raises funds for tuition assistance for families. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125.

“It’s a sit-down dinner which includes a silent auction of over 400 items. We have about 10 great live auction items,” Hoffman said. “We have a mini golden doodle being donated. We have a puppy every single year. I know every family the puppy goes to and I keep tabs on all them.”

Each year either a senior student or former student is featured at the event.

“We are actually going to have an alumni speak this year. She graduated a couple of years ago. She was at the school for many years and she is doing well,” Hoffman said. “She is now at the University of Indianapolis doing a great job. She’s going to be part of our video and also speaking that evening, as well.”

The event has raised more than $1 million dollars for the school over the past seven years.

“We’ve always had over 400 people attend every year,” Hoffman said . “People always love coming to our event because it’s a big party.”

Sponsors are still needed. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mymwa.org.

Midwest Academy Gala

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel

Cost: $125

More info: mymwa.org


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