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Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 5pm
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Gala FAQ

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • 1. What is the annual "Gala"? This is the first I've heard of it.

    The Gala is an evening of: Christian fellowship, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, elegant dinner,  and live entertainment. Included in the price of a ticket is a small donation to support the mission of LPS! The event is always held at Luther Prep on a Saturday in April from 5:00 -9:00 pm.

    BUT... This event is not limited to one physical location! It is an event in which literally thousands of people can participate. It will not only include those who attend the event, but those who cannot attend have the opportunity of donating items for auctioning, sending financial gifts, and joining in the fun of the auction online!
  • 2. What is the MISSION of Mission Advancement?

    Mission Advancement Offices were established at each of the four synodical ministerial education schools, as directed by the synod in convention in the summer of 2005. The four ministerial education schools are: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon (training pastors), WI; Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN (training pastors and teachers, staff ministers); Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI; and Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI (college prep education for future pastors, teachers, and lay ministers). The goal of these offices is to advance the mission of the schools. This goal is achieved by supporting past alumni of the school, sharing the story of LPS through publications and presentations, and creating opportunities for people to worship God through the joyful stewardship of direct financial support.
  • 3. Why a Gala and Auction?

    The Gala presents a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to support the mission of ministerial education and gives them the window to do so with whatever God-given talents they have. Finally NOT ONLY with money!

    For example: we WELS businesses donating their consumer goods and gift certificates to be liquidated into a cash gift for LPS, WELS parents using their wood working and handcrafting gifts to create a gift for the auction (quilts, cards, furniture and much more!), WELS ladies and men with organization skills working on the planning, WELS owners of cabins and boats and vacation homes willing to lend out a week to another WELS friend and donate the value of that to LPS, WELS World Missionaries giving us a "taste of their country in mission baskets" or decorations, and on and on and on!

    The time, talents and treasures these folks have are going to financially benefit Luther Prep's mission in a way they never could without the Gala and it's a silent auction and giving opportunities. Those who can give financially now have a specific opportunity to do so as well.
  • 4. Who can attend the Gala?

    The Gala is for everyone (adults only) - friends of LPS, parents of past and present and future students, local church members in the area, alumni, or ANY ONE who appreciates their PASTORS, LES TEACHERS, STAFF MINISTERS, and EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS and the education they received through the WELS Ministerial Education System that is ours! Often we have local business leaders attend as well as they like to show their appreciation of Luther Prep as a Watertown Chamber of Commerce member.
  • 5. What if I don't have a lot to give in talents or time or money?

    If you just want to give a small gift: for the price of a ticket ($65.00 you receive a combination elegant dinner, five hours of entertainment and Christian fellowship, and at the same time $40 of your ticket is a tax deductible donation to LPS ) WOW! perhaps after prayerful consideration that really is something you could do!

    And if you can't afford the time, talents, or treasures - never under estimate the power of prayer! Pray for Luther Prep that more students will come to your synodical prep school and be encouraged toward the public ministry.

    Pray that Luther Prep receives enough financial gifts to fund our program of ministerial education on the high school level. Pray for the young people in your lives, that they might be encouraged to become future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers! The more students we have, the more pastors and teachers our synod will have, the more missions and schools can be opened, and the more souls can hear the saving gospel through out the world! God promises that the prayers of the faithful accomplish much!
  • 6. OK! Where do I get more information, donate items, buy tickets, or donate cash?

    When the Gala site is up and running you can click below.  In between Galas please email Sue in the Mission Advancement Office at

  • 7.  What were the results of past Galas?

    April 22, 2006 Gala "A Starry Night", after expenses were paid, raised $46,134!

    April 21, 2007 Gala "A Knight to Remember", after expenses were paid, raised over $65,000!

    April 19, 2008 Gala "Lights! Camera! Auction! - A Night on the Red Carpet", after expenses were paid, raised $44,439.00!

    April 18, 2009 Gala "An Evening in the Tropics", after expenses were paid, raised $57,100!

    April 17, 2010 Gala "Prep Around the World", after expenses were paid, raised $46,949!

    April 30, 2011 Gala "Best Gifts", after expenses were paid, raised $42,195!

    April 28, 2012 Gala VII "Wonders of Prep" raised $58,000!

    April 27, 2013 Gala VIII "Blast from the Past" raised $73,386

    April 26, 2014 Gala IX "Night on the Town" raised $66,640

    April 25, 2015 Gala X "Continue in My Word" brought blessings of $63,000

    April 23, 2016 Gala XI "Let's Put on a Show" supplied $50,885 to LPS

    April 22, 2017 Gala XII "Showers of Blessing" showered LPS with $51,443

    April 21,2018 Gala XIII "Carnival of Fun" prizes for Prep should tally $66,000

    April 13, 2019 Gala XIV "Ministry Minded to LPS" Generous hearts gave $62,000
Luther Preparatory School
1300 Western Avenue | Watertown, WI 53094 | 920-261-4352 |
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Luther Preparatory School is an independent coeducational preparatory school in Watertown, Wisconsin. The continuing mission and purpose of Luther Preparatory School is to prepare and encourage young men and women for the full time ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.