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We are still pumped up from our Gala in the Garden!!!! It was a lovely evening and we could not have tackled such a feat without our membership! Thank you to everyone who donated wine/spirits and items for our auctions!!! Thank you to everyone who came out to planning meetings and offered your ideas, suggestions, and talents, and those who helped on gala day and evening. We have such an extraordinary group. Our setup volunteers came in ready to work and did such a phenomenal job!!!! Our evening volunteers fell right into place and everyone pitched in for the cause. It is truly impressive what this group can accomplish.

Many hands were directly involved with this event and there are too many names to mention, but I would be remiss if I did not call attention to one person in particular. Melody Mansker, our Treasurer and Newsletter Chair and go-to person for just about everything, has been an absolute Godsend! Melody had tickets, save the dates, and invites designed and ready to go before we could say, “tickets.”  She designed our GORGEOUS program, bid sheets, table toppers, set up our slide show, assisted with checkout at the event, and offered advice and moral support all along the way. I’m certain I’ve missed some things, too!!! Melody played an integral role in the success of this event. For all that she contributed, we cannot thank her enough!!!  Thank you, Melody, for all of your time and patience and keeping us focused toward the goal! We couldn’t have done it without you! You are RSAMCC’s own Superwoman and we are blessed to have been able to work with you. It is impossible to put into words the gravity of all you have done, but please know how truly grateful Cherie and I are for every little thing!!! RSAMCC is so, so lucky to have you!!!

Gala Recap:

We got to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking saxophone playing by Living Legend Tommy Friend. The music flowed, like a summer breeze, from the conservatory and down the hall. It was amazing!!! You can often find this young man playing at Bridge Street. Keep an eye out for him next time you’re there and enjoy a real treat!

We then moved on to a lovely dinner catered by Bubba’s Silver Spoon. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating.

Once our bellies were full, the fabulous “Free Fall” headed up our Buds and Blooms game and everyone had a blast! It’s impossible to not have fun with that game! It’s always hilarious to watch everyone freeze with their hands on their heads or their tails! We then proceeded to our live auction with our commanding auctioneer Col (R) Pat Sullivan hyping up the crowd. Free Fall brought the energy and kept everyone jamming & on their feet to close out our evening with a so-much-fun dance party!!!! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening. We all worked very hard and now the Gala Committee is going to hibernate for a week! Just kidding! We are currently working on tallying up all of our donations and will announce at the next luncheon how we did.  Stay tuned!

Brandi & Cherie

It’s “Gala in the Garden” time!

As you know, February 22, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. we are holding our annual gala at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. We are still seeking wine donations (or other spirits), basket donations, and even cash donations (if you’d like us to prepare a basket or pick up the wine/spirits for you). Anything you are willing to contribute is greatly appreciated. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or via board members. We will be selling tickets on February 12th at the luncheon, as well. Ticket sales end at 12 p.m. on February 15th.  Volunteers will be crucial on the day of the event. A big “Thank You!!!” to everyone who has given their time thus far. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. The gala team is going to keep running through the finish line!

What does your ticket get you?

Admission to the Huntsville Botanical Garden on the day of the event, one ticket for a free beer/glass of wine/soda, dinner by Bubba’s Silverspoon catering to include your choice of: London broil, chicken piccata, basil fettuccine, green beans, mesclun salad, and crème brûlée for dessert; the opportunity to bid in live and silent auctions, games, a beautiful glass to take home to commemorate the event graciously provided by our own Melinda Riling; musical entertainment provided by the band Free Fall (a big “Thank You!” to Judy Bicknell for linking us up); and dancing on the dance floor to close up your week and our event with pizazz. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening and tended by HBG bartenders.

There are a variety of ways to join the fun and volunteer/contribute! 

  • Donate a bottle(s) of wine or other spirits for a “Wine Pull” giveaway
  • Donate a basket or gift card or sponsor a table
  • Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Just click here!
  • Volunteer for the event:
    • In advance by helping sell tickets or solicit baskets and gift cards
    • The day of the Gala you can help with set-up
    • During the Gala you can help with the silent auction or registration
    • After the Gala you can help with clean-up

Note: We will be collecting wine/alcohol and auction baskets at the February luncheon!

Hello ladies,

The Galaxy Gala “A Night Under the Stars” was truly out of this world! I am so proud of our Fundraiser chair Kerrie Sheppard and her fantastic committee! They worked very hard to make the evening special. The US Space & Rocket Center was beautifully decorated and the Twickenham Jazz & Swing band was outstanding (we received many compliments on the music).  It was a spectacular evening! Thank you to all who donated items and baskets, attended and made financial contributions.

I’m thrilled to announce we raised over $21,000. The proceeds were above and beyond our expectations. Now, we get to award money to some amazing scholars and community organizations. Well done members!

Our next luncheon is fast approaching on March 13th we are celebrating “Erin Go Bragh” which translates to Ireland forever! Everyone is Irish in March.    We will have music, an Irish menu and great fun. Please make your reservations by noon on March 9th  to our reservation gals.

Please see the Community Outreach page of the newsletter for a list of items we are collecting for the New Hope Children’s Clinic. They are a non-profit, school-based health clinic created to provide medical care for children in Madison County and surrounding communities. Their motto is to break barriers, change lives and bring hope to children through local, low cost healthcare.  They are in desperate need of  some over the counter medications along with basic office supplies. Everyone who brings a donation will receive an extra door prize opportunity.

See you soon,

Kristen

You’re invited!

March 15 from 4-7 p.m.

Knock out all your spring accessory shopping, birthday gift list or special items for the bride or graduate–all in one lovely location.  The Kendra Scott shop at Bridgestreet is opening their doors to MCC members and supporters for a special shopping session.  All sales during our evening hours will be added up and RSAMCC will receive 20% of the proceeds as a generous charity donation from Kendra Scott. Grab a little something for you and something for them, too.  It’s all for a great cause near and dear to our hearts.  There will be champagne, lemonade and some sweet treats while we shop.

Edited to add post event update:

What a STELLAR night we had at the Space and Rocket Center for the Galaxy Gala! Thanks to all of you who showed up and showed your support for our annual major fundraiser.

We had an impressive turn out of people, donations, prizes and sponsors. The food was delicious, the music was amazing and the Saturn V never looked better under the stunning lighting donated by Rocket Event Design.

The club will continue to thank are generous sponsors throughout the year. Their sponsorship donations alone allowed us to raise $10,500. Thanks to our Milky Way sponsor: S3, our Jupiter sponsors: PZI, Lockheed Martin, and BOH FPU Systems, our Neptune sponsors: The Cottages, Boeing, L3 Technologies, and Crestwood Medical Center, and our Mercury Sponsors: Rocket City Counselors, and the Intersect Group. In addition to our incredible sponsors, we had more than 70 donors who contributed baskets, gift cards, items, and services to be used in our Live & Silent Auctions.

Thank you to the incredible fundraising team who spent countless hours working hard to put the Galaxy Gala together. Thank you Judy Bicknell, Gina Botters, Kristina DeBusk, Melinda Hamilton, Gari-Ann Kia, Tiffany Kraus,  Melody Mansker, Michelle Nash, Suzanne O’Donell, Kelly Pardew, Brandie Ragin, Melinda Riling, Julie Sawyer & Stephanie Walburn. You all are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make the Galaxy Gala such as special event!!

Kerrie Sheppard

Fundraising Chair

Galaxy Gala Event Info

February 16, 2018

Against the sweeping backdrop of the US Space & Rocket Center, we will launch into a magical night of stars as we fundraise our way through the galaxy to benefit the Redstone Arsenal greater community. This exciting event will include live music (featuring the talented Twickenham Jazz and Swing), dancing, games, carving station + heavy hors d’oeuvres, live auction, silent auction, friendship & fellowship…all under our own amazing Saturn V Rocket!!

Don’t forget to buy your ticket. You can buy tickets online thru Eventbrite to make sure you won’t miss a thing, or you can get them from a board member. Or even better, gather nine friends or five couples together and take advantage of our February special: a table of 10 for $700 and save $5 per ticket.

We have also booked a discounted block of rooms for $113 per night at the nearby Huntsville Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center. The reservation deadline is fast approaching!

Start date: 2/23/18
End date: 2/24/18
Last day to book: 2/2/18

Book your group rate for Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilian Club

There are two other GREAT ways that you can help with the Gala! We are looking for silent auction basket donations. Help us further enhance our fundraising opportunities by donating a basket/gift certificate that Gala guests can bid on to help us raise money for our scholarships/community grants. Here are some great basket ideas: Man’s Best Friend (pet basket), Pasta-bilities Basket, Whiskey Basket, Family Fun Basket, A Night at Bridge Street (dinner, movie, etc.), Scotch and Stogies Basket, Tee Time Basket, Wine Basket, Chocolate Basket, Craft Basket, Shaken Not Stirred (Martini basket), Car Wash Basket, Sports Basket, Wok and Roll (Asian themed basket), Sweet Home Alabama Basket (items made in our state), Craft Beer Basket, All Lit Up (candle basket). As you can see…the options are endless!!  Contact Melinda Riling at coinsrus2@nullyahoo.com to sign up for a basket theme. Baskets will be due on February 16th. Stay tuned for basket drop-off details.

OR volunteer to help with our event. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities: decorating, clean-up, silent auction, live auction, money processors, photo booth assistant, etc. If you have a gift, we can put it to good use. Contact Ivonne at rsamccvolunteercoordinator@nullgmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the Galaxy Gala: A Night Under the Stars!!

December 16, 2017

Join us in honoring and remember our veterans.

Each December on National Wreaths across America Day, wreaths are placed across the country on wreath laying ceremonies. Details to follow or visit their website.

You can also select “Donate” and sponsor a wreath with a local fundraising group. We are AL0033P – Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club (now Redstone Arsenal Military & Civilians’ Club).

We also are accepting donations when you visit the Ways & Means table at our luncheons and events. We will be accepting donations at the Ways & Means table until November 14th.  When you donate a wreath,  $5 will be given back to our club.

Make your donation soon.