The Atlanta Speech School Guild will hold the 2019 Language and Literacy Gala Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, where hundreds of attendees will gather to support one of the nation’s most comprehensive centers for language and literacy. The gala is the longest continually running holiday event in Atlanta and will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing and a special celebration: the guild’s 50th anniversary. The gala is the guild’s largest fundraiser with 100% percent of proceeds supporting the school’s need-based financial aid program, and during the 2018-19 academic year, the school awarded $1.3 million in financial aid. A gala kickoff meeting was held recently at the home of guild president Catherine Jaxon. A patron party for the gala’s supporters and sponsors will be held Oct. 23 at the home of Jessica and David Crane. For more information or to purchase gala tickets, visithttp://bit.ly/2GcVMAW
. Top: From left, 2019 patron party hostess Jessica Crane, 2019 Language and Literacy Gala co-chair Stephanie Johnson, 2019 Atlanta Speech School Guild president Catherine Jaxon and 2019 gala co-chairs Emily Hertz and Hillary Shaw enjoy the kickoff event. Above: The 2019 Language and Literacy Gala Committee gathers with Atlanta Speech School Executive Director Comer Yates, right, at the kickoff event.