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of Mt. Gretna... since 1927!

Annual Gala


To reserve your seat for the 2016 Gala, call us at 717-964-3322 or  CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE!

 The lineup of events:

The lovely Fountain Court at the Hotel Hershey is the setting for the first part of our Gala – the Cocktail Reception begins at 5:30 pm with over twenty tables of silent auction items, valued between $100 and $1,000! Then we move into the Garden Terrace Ballroom for wine, dinner, dessert plus the Wine Basket Card Game winner drawing, the live auction of everything from fabulous jewelry to travel adventures valued between $200 and $10,000!   Plus the Heads & Tails game to see who wins $1,000 in cold, hard cash!

Check back daily for updates regarding our outstanding list of items and experiences that will be included in our Silent & Live Auctions!

We add more every day!


Ultimate Hamilton Experience

Dinner with Cast Members, Private In-Theater Meet and Greet, Broadway Tickets, Signed Cast Poster for 2

This Experience Includes:

3-course pre-show dinner with 2 cast members
2 rear mezzanine tickets to “Hamilton” An American Musical
In-theater meet and greet with a cast member following the show
Signed Hamilton cast poster
Winspire booking & concierge service

Tickets for “Hamilton” are in such demand that people were going so far as to camp overnight for standby tickets. Luckily you won’t need your tent, just a pen to check off your bucket list as you’ll not only get the hottest tickets in town, but dinner with two cast members and an in-theater meet and greet as well!

New York City Audition Experience for Two!
Get the inside scoop on what it takes to appear on the Gretna Theatre stage.  Join the theatre staff and sit in on NYC auditions and join them for dinner afterward.  A stipend for round-trip Amtrak fare, hotel for two nights and dinner are included in this priceless adventure.  Arrive at your leisure via Amtrak on the first day and check in to your hotel;  experience a day of open auditions at professional rehearsal/audition studio where many a Broadway show has held its rehearsals, enjoy dinner with theatre staff, see auditions by appointment from Broadway veterans to those just beginning the following day.  The first person waiting on the line that stretched around the block last year arrived at 5AM to secure her spot to audition!  Auditions are slated for March 2017, exact dates to be determined.  This one-of-a-kind experience is valued as Priceless!  Donated by Patrick & Linda Castagna in support of Gretna Theatre.
The Masters, Augusta, GA

The Masters, Augusta, GA

Experience The Masters in Augusta, GA!

The Masters, with its rare combination of mystery, prestige and exclusivity, attracts the world’s attention to Augusta, Georgia each April and is considered the best-run golf tournament in the world by fans and golfers alike. If you have never been to The Masters, you can’t fully appreciate the magnificence of the Augusta National Golf Course or the event. Watching The Masters on television is enjoyable…attending The Masters is unforgettable! Here is an opportunity for you to be at this unique sports setting and experience the atmosphere in person.

Masters Golf Tournament Experience

Opening Round (Thursday) Tour Package to the 2017 Masters (Augusta, GA), 2-Night Stay in a Private Home for 2

This Tour Package Experience Includes:

                                                     Admission for 2 to the 2017 Masters Opening Round on Thursday, April 6, 2017

2-night stay (check in Wednesday, check out Friday) in 2-bedroom/2-bath private home or condo accommodations in or near Augusta
1 daily round-trip transfer* (Thursday) between accommodations and event
Winspire booking & concierge service

Event Ground Transfers:  Each package includes one round-trip event transfer on your scheduled day from accommodations in/near Augusta to the event. *All other ground transportation not included.

Notes:  Additional Masters rounds and lodging available upon request.  Tee-times can be arranged at local courses including Reynolds Plantation if desired.  Augusta is located approximately 2.5 hours from Atlanta.

Winspire Booking & Concierge Service:  Winspire provides a team of seasoned travel professionals who will help you redeem your experience. All travel related details and reservations are handled for every part of your Winspire experience. Operating as a full-service travel agency, Winspire can assist with extra hotel nights, airfare upgrades, and additional guests. This service also provides you with an established network of onsite contacts who can help you book additional experiences, activities and tours.   Winspire services are independent of the USGA, PGA and The Augusta National Golf Club. Winspire has no ticketing agreement with the USGA, PGA or The Augusta National Golf Club.

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.

kiehls_logo20160907_133938 Kiehl’s Experience at Neiman Marcus

Kiehl’s Master Class & Gift Basket!
Neiman Marcus has offered an amazing Kiehl’s experience.  How could you possibly miss out on this fabulous opportunity to take 11 of your friends (12 total) to King of Prussia and participate in a Kiehl’s Master Class. Learn about their amazing Healthy Skin Essentials as you are guided through your perfect skincare regimen that will give you great results!  Winner of this auction prize will also receive a basket of Kiehl’s hair, skincare and body products that are made in the USA using no color or chemical fragrances.  Valued at $1,300.  Donated by Kiehl’s at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia.

Tom Dunlevy Photo 2Golf with Tom Dunlevy

Three persons to join J. Thomas Dunlevy, Gretna Theatre Board President, for a round of Golf and Lunch at the Lancaster Country Club.  Valued at $500.  Donated by Tom Dunlevy.

1-Hour R-44 Helicopter Ride for up to 3 passengers

1-Hour R-44 Helicopter Ride for up to 3 passengers

One Hour Helicopter flight!

Ride in a R-44 Helicopter, leaving from Harrisburg Capital City Airport for a flight around the area. Maximum 3 people; Date to be mutually agreed upon by winner and pilot.  (Combined weight not to exceed 600 lbs. and trip to be flown before 1/31/2016.)    Value $500. Donated by professional pilot Judith Redlawsk.

Chefs Dinner Hotel HersheyPrivate Dinner for 10 in the Circular Dining Alcove at the Hotel Hershey!

Executive Chef of the Hotel Hershey Ken Gladysz will prepare a 7 course meal – appetizer, soup. intermezzo, entrée, salad, dessert and hot beverage – for your group of 10.  Dinner will be paired with 4 different wines.  Offer valid until October 31, 2016 and is subject to “black-out holiday dates”.  Value $1,750.  Donated by The Hotel Hershey & Chef Ken Gladysz.

The Flury's Mt. Gretna Cottage

The Flury’s Mt. Gretna Cottage

One Week Mt. Gretna Cottage Stay!

One week stay in Jerry & Pennie Flury’s Harvard Avenue cottage, beautifully appointed with modern amenities and 4 bedrooms.  Dates to be mutually agreed,  Art Show week excluded.  Value $1,200.  Donated by Jerry & Pennie Flury.

 20160907_1034262 Handmade Amish Quilts

Handmade Amish quilts, one in a dark blue color palette and the other a lighter blue color palette.

Both are approximately 90″ X 106″, suitable for Queen Bed. Valued at $875. Donated by Edie Miller.

Stunning Fireside Chair - A unique profile of contemporary furniture with carved wood details, high quality fabric, finished with imported Italian leather, upholstery tailored by Neil Choquette, 801 State Street, Lemoyn. Value $1,000. (Photo to Come)


Using a standard deck of 52 playing cards – each card purchased becomes a chance to win a huge selection of 20 wines from around the world.  Buy one card for $40 or two for $60 and become part of a very select group having the chance to win this prize!  Winner announced as part of the live auction!  Almost $500 worth of wine, all rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator or Wine Aficionado. unless otherwise noted.  


Just LOOK at some of the amazing Gifts, Goods, Trips and Experiences we have for our Silent Auctions! Many more items not pictured here including area Restaurant Gift Certificates, Artwork, Gift Baskets, Clothing and Accessories, Sports Memorabilia, Sporting Events, Experiences….and more! Note that some items will be bundled with other complementary items as a package. What do YOU want to bid on at the Gala?!? (Click on any image to see the entire photo.)

Restaurant Row Bidding Frenzy - Bidding starts at the value of each Gift Certificate!  Thanks to these restaurants (more to be announced!) for their support (in no particular order):

The 2016 Schedule of Events on Saturday, October 8:

5:30 pm   Cocktail Reception with served hors d’oeuvre in the elegant  Fountain Court Lobby, bidding on Silent Auction Items, purchase your Playing Cards for a chance to win a huge basket of premium wines from around the world, and purchase of Heads & Tails cards to win the $1,000 in cold hard cash!

6:30 pm   The first set of silent auction tables close.  Don’t let anyone beat your bid for the items you want!

6:45 pm   Remaining silent auction tables close. Watch it! Snipers can sneak up and put a final bid after you if you are not careful!

7:00 pm   Welcoming remarks.  Wine, Dinner & Dessert is served. 

Cash, Checks and Credit Cards (MC/Visa/Disc/Amex) are accepted for payment. 

We are so proud that nearly 100% of our auction items are donated free and clear each year to Gretna Theatre for this vitally important fundraising event!
Many thanks to all who donated to the Gala!
Special thanks to our brilliant and generous 2016 Gala Sponsors!
Thanks for your Support!
DONATE / VOLUNTEER Help to preserve Gretna Theatre by participating in our annual Gala!
To donate, or for more information please call or email:
Renee Krizan 717-964-3627
If you are interested in assisting us in the necessary and exciting event, click the link below for a listing of the committees and positions we need staffed to have our Gala run smoothly and successfully.