It’s time to celebrate! Not just the end of one calendar year and beginning of another. Uptown! Is planning a party to celebrate 15,000 tickets sold in its first year of operations. Please join us! We hope the following will answer your Gala questions, but if you think of something else, please ask: firstname.lastname@example.org.
💎 Is the Gala just for Uptown! Members? NO. Not at all. This party is for everyone. Adults 21 and older, who love a great party, are invited to celebrate Uptown!
💎 Do I need a Ticket? YES! Buy tickets early to reserve seats for the opening act of RTC’s Broadway in the Borough cabaret, open bars, dinner, desserts, dancing to high energy sounds of New Street Heat, the whole evening of fun. Go online to see the seats that are available. The sooner you act, the more choices you will have.
💎 Is my Ticket fee Tax Deductible? The New Year’s Eve Gala is a fundraiser for the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. As such, your tickets are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
💎👖 Is there a Dress Code? In a word, NO. The Diamonds & Denim theme is casual and classy. You probably won’t want to arrive in clothes you wear to clean the garage or run a marathon, but you don’t need to go shopping for a tuxedo or a ball gown either. See what kinds of creative combinations you can come up with. As Angela says, “jeans on the bottom, dressy on top”. You probably already have something in your closet.
💎 Should I Eat Dinner before the Gala? Again, NO. John Serock Catering has plans for multiple buffet stations of dinner worthy hors d’oeuvres. We’re talking man-sized meat and vegetarian dining options in addition to all night snacking and desserts. No one will end the night hungry, with food stations and open bars set-up on all three floors.
💎🥂 Is there a Cash Bar? NO, There are three Open Bars. Wine, beer, champagne, mixed drinks and a special “Diamonds & Denim” signature cocktail will be on tap, along with non-alcoholic options. You will want to have a credit card in your pocket for raffle tickets or auction bids, though. See below for more information about that.
💎 What is the Entertainment? The Resident Theater Company, RTC, kicks off the festivities with Broadway in the Borough, professional voices from New York and PA performing favorite Broadway tunes. Later, New Street Heat will entertain seated guests while dancers move to their signature high energy sounds on stage. There will be a break between the two shows so you don’t have to miss a moment of entertainment while exploring delicious options at food stations on all three floors.
💎 What do I need to know about the Raffle? Before the Gala, you may purchase raffle tickets online, $20 for one or 6 raffle tickets for $100. At the Gala, raffle tickets will be sold at kiosks on each floor until well into the evening when winners are announced. You need not be present to win. Diamond themed raffle items include a Jane Chalfant/ Kiki Boutique shopping spree, a diamond necklace from Bove Jewelers and another one from Sunset Hill Jewelers, and a pair of diamond earrings from Bove Jewelers.
💎 What do I need to know about the Auction? Bid on auction experiences at kiosks on each floor throughout the evening. Silent Auction winners will be announced late in the evening. You need not be present to win. Auctioned West Chester themed experiences include dinner for 20 at a local restaurant paired with a private performance by one of Uptown!s resident companies. Contributing restaurants are Gemelli Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Cafe, John Serock Catering, Mercato Italian Restaurant & Bar, Side Bar & Restaurant and Spence Cafe.
💎 Are Gala Sponsorships still available? Yes! Individual, group and corporate sponsorships are still welcome. Please consider Gala 2017 Sponsorship options that include Gala admission, branded signage opportunities and more. At time of writing, sponsors include: A. Marinelli & Sons, Inc., A. Roy Smith, Bancroft Construction Company, CTDI, Giunta’s Furniture, Lamb/ McErlane PC, MacElree Harvey and PECO, an Exelon Company.
💎 Where can I stay overnight? The Warner Hotel has graciously offered a 10% discount to Uptown! Patrons. Use promo code UPTO. The rate includes breakfast and can be cancelled anytime before 6pm on the day of arrival. The rate is good for as many nights as you’d like to stay, so make sure to leave time to do a little West Chester sightseeing and shopping before the Gala. The hotel is just one half block from Uptown! so you’ll have no problem getting there after the #PartyoftheYearWC.