Applause Gala

Applause! Gala

Applause! Gala: Building Our Legacy // THURSDAY, October 26, 2023

Our 2023 Applause! Gala: Building Our Legacy is the ultimate opportunity to showcase your support for the arts in our community at large and celebrate local philanthropists in our community who dedicate their time and resources to making this city great!

For information on Applause! Gala Sponsorship Opportunities as well as to RSVP for the event click here.

Applause! Gala: Building our Legacy

The Applause! Gala celebrates heroes in our community who dedicate their time and resources to arts, women's and children's causes.  Their stories are told at the event through a live musical theatre production written by Producing Artistic Director, Michael Barnard.  Funds directly benefit thousands of families who attend our Inclusive Summer Theatre Camp, many of whom receive full or partial scholarships.  13% of the children who attend are on the autism spectrum, or need special accommodation for cognitive, physical, or behavioral challenges.  Their needs are met through annual training of our teachers and counselors at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.  Our Partners That Heal professionals visit hundreds of bedsides each year, providing hope and healing to children and families in hospitals and crisis centers. 

With your sponsorship and attendance of this event, you are helping us bring honor, celebration, and joy to our community!


Cocktail Hour: 5:30-6:30pm

Gala performance: 6:30-7:30pm

Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars: 7:30-10:00pm

The Phoenix Theatre Company

1825 N Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004


Honorary Co-Chairs:

Kim Cullum and Lindsay Cullum-Colwell



Angel of the Art: 20/30 Club of Phoenix 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy and Jimmy Walker 

Humanitarian Award: Christopher Gross  

Woman Who Cares: Lin Sue Flood 

Man of Character: Jeff Guldner


The Applause! Gala is sponsored by
Cullum Homes Foundation
Nancy Hanley-Erikkson and Ron Erikkson
Chanen Construction


The Phoenix Theatre Company is a nonprofit, charitable organization recognized under I.R.S Code Section 501(c)3; TIN 86-0108839.