Seedleaf’s First Annual Un-Gala: An Origin Story / by Christine Smith

Seedleaf's Un-Gala

Months ago, we were sitting around a table, thinking about year-end fundraising.

‘What are we going to do this year? Fundraising is hard but we have to do it and try to do it better.”

‘What about a gala? A fancy party?’

“Aww man, you mean in addition to fundraising, we also gotta dress up?’

Silence. Then a light bulb came on above a head.

“Wait! What about an un-gala where donors stay at home and enjoy the people around them but send in a check anyway?!’

“Interesting. Tell me more.”

“Well, that’s it really.”


And that is how this crazy idea was born. Besides satisfying our collective ambition for wintry comfort, it also communicates our values of community and reveling in the wealth that goes beyond what’s sitting in one’s bank account — the wealth of friends, family, cuddly pets, good food, cheesy jokes, conversation and ultimately, meaningful connection.

Now don’t get us wrong. We love a good party and some of us do relish getting fancy. This year, however, we want you to up your game. Instead of getting into your good suit, the one you use for funerals and weddings, or wearing those blistering shoes you know don’t properly fit, we want you. Genuine, open-hearted you. We want you to connect with those you haven’t spoken to in a while. We want you to share a table and break bread with your neighbors while sharing the latest neighborhood news. We want you to partake in a gala of generosity, care, kindness and joy. That’s the kind of party we really dig. (Get it? Dig?)

During the next eight days or so we will be spotlighting folks who post pictures online of what they are up to for their un-gala celebrations. We want to see you in the your most comfortable house onesie, eating your most delectable bowl of nachos, surrounded by your nearest and dearest or just that one person at work who makes your job bearable.

Everyone who participates by donating and posting a pic along with the hashtag #SeedleafUngala will be entered to win a $50 Kentucky for Kentucky gift card.

So what are you waiting for? Stay home! And don’t worry. There will be plenty of opportunities in the future for you to put on your finest attire and eat hors d’oeuvres. This year? Just strike a pose while playing charades at home and send Seedleaf a check.

Donate here.