The Sultana Education Foundation’s Annual Gala is a party with a mission – raising $100,000+ each year to underwrite scholarship programs and support specific capital initiatives. You can look forward to world-class entertainment, a crowd of 400+, fantastic food, an open bar, and an unparalleled waterfront venue.
In addition to raising funds for scholarships via tickets and sponsorships, SEF’s Annual Gala traditionally seeks support at the event for specific new programs or projects. Funds raised at past SEF Galas underwrote major refits of the schooner SULTANA, funded the Foundation’s LEED Platinum Holt Center, and most recently the Lawrence Wetland Preserve and Harwood Nature Center.
Sound Society is an elite music group whose artists are considered among the world’s most gifted touring and studio musicians. Sound Society will feature music across many genres and appeal to music lovers of all ages. If you enjoyed Hudson Horns from our last Gala, you will be sure to find yourself on the dancefloor with this group as well!
At this time the Gala’s location is still in its planning phase. You can expect our incredible venue announcement soon!

Sponsorship opportunities start at $500 are available for both individuals and businesses.

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Dave & Lena Cantera

Caroline D. Gabel

Chris Havemeyer

Wallace Reynolds & Mary Anne Shea

Steffi Swope

Lisa & Michael Vadasz




Dorothy & Lyle Feisel
Friends of Sultana
Linda, Guyon, and Julia Knight
Linda & Rob Leigh
Fiona & Morgan Lum
William & Amanda Madar
Joanne O’Rourke & Robert Hindman
Eric & Lesley Schless

Ruth Sorenson


Andy & Kirk Alderdice
Barry and Jennifer Buckley
Peggy & John Christie Jr.
Lee & Geoff Dennis
dominic & Judith Dragotta
Trish & Brooke Harwood
Helena Hermes & Erik Walter
Chris & Dawn Holmes
Brooke Logan Packard & Harry Packard
Michael Singer & James Smith
Sarah & Peter Sweetser
Anne Vansant & Carter Stanton
Laura & Kirk Wade
Paula Wordtt & Richard Owen
Dickson Young & Brigette Perry


Clarence & Martha Carvell
Anne K. Charles
Steve Clemons & Andrew Oros
Carla & Frank Gerber
Ginny Gorman & Bill Yoder
Patti & Dave Hegland
Jim & Kathy Hopkins
Polly Javorski & Sheri Putnam
Nancy & Bill Low
Mimi’s Closet
Paula Reeder
Professor Tom Russell
Seiberlich Trane
The Skipjack Art Studios
Silver Linings Jewelry of Chestertown
James H. Simon

What is the date and time of the 2024 Annual Gala? The Gala will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 beginning at 6:00pm for cocktail hour.  Food, music, and dancing is to follow, and the fun will continue until around 10:00pm or until everyone is exhausted!

When will tickets be available? TBD. Please join our mailing list to receive notification by clicking here .

Can I purchase a reserved table? Absolutely! If you are coordinating with other ticket holders to form a table, please get your entire table list finalized before contacting us. Please contact Liza Brocker with all table reservations and seating questions. –

Are dinner seats assigned? To avoid chaos, all Gala dinner seating is assigned. If you purchase tickets but are not part of a reserved table, Sultana will assign you to a table with other guests. This is a great chance to meet fun new people!

What do I wear? Cocktail attire is the order of the day…but remember that you will be on grass so spike heels can be a challenge! Come ready to dance.

What is the GPS address of the 2024 Gala? TBD

Is disabled parking available? Yes. Please follow disabled parking signs as you enter the event. Golf cart shuttles are also available from the parking area.

What Happens if it rains?
 Our tent is the size of an airplane hanger so this party goes on rain or shine. We will only cancel if the weather poses a safety risk. If we must cancel due to extreme weather, we will reschedule and/or refund your ticket purchase.