Want to go?
The Luminaria Gala will be 5:15 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Clay Center.
Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children and $15 for Montessori students.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 304-342-7870.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children will be the beneficiaries of an upcoming fundraising gala for Mountaineer Montessori School.
But unlike at other galas, they'll also be the presenters, featured songwriters and musicians.
"It's going to be unpredictable and, I think, unforgettable, as well," said JoEllen Zacks, vice president of the school's board of directors.
The gala is Thursday at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.
The gala will have a silent auction, as well as entertainment by Ron Sowell of Mountain Stage, DJ Billy Shahan and Huntington band Qiet.
The Montessori School students have also written music to honor each of the winners of the inaugural Luminaria Awards, which will be presented during the gala to recipients who are "lighting the way for education."
The students have interviewed and written about each of the recipients and have designed gifts to present to each of them as well.
The children got help with songwriting from a professional team.
During past songwriting workshops, they've written a school song. When the children presented the song, "there was not a dry eye," Zacks said.