Gala aims to raise thousands to help children in need

Fundraiser aims to help Indy children

INDIANAPOLIS - The table is set for another big year for the Assistance League of Indianapolis.

The group raised almost $96,000 in a single evening last year. That same event returns this weekend.

The 2014 Star Gala will include dinner, silent/live auctions and dancing at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

However, it's what happens after the event that makes this group of volunteers most proud.

With the money raised last year, the Assistance League of Indianapolis was able to provide underserved children new school clothing, new school supplies and winter coats.

In total, 3,333 children were helped by this program, coined "Operation School Bell."

In addition, more than 2,600 children received shoes for school. The recipients were students of Indianapolis Public Schools, Lawrence, Pike, Warren, Washington and Wayne Townships.

Thanks to the outpouring of support during last year's Star Gala, the group was able to add two additional township school districts to their list from the year prior.

The Assistance League of Indianapolis also offers Assault Survivor Kits to 21 hospitals in central Indiana, and stuffed animals to hospitals and fire departments that deal with children after trauma.

The organizers of this year's Star Gala hope to raise a monumental total two years in a row because they’ve seen how far the money can stretch.

You can help out by donating items to the silent auction. Please email Susan Kwiatkowski at for more information.

Then, tune into RTV6 Saturday at 11 p.m. to see how much money the Assistance League raises this year.

Editor's Note: RTV6 Anchor Beth Vaughn will emcee this year's Star Gala. She is a member of the Assistance League of Indianapolis' advisory board.

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