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Pandemic hasn’t stopped Tucson’s gala circuit

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TUCSON (KVOA) - The ballroom is closed due to COVID-19. 

But that has not stopped some of Tucson’s non-profit organizations from moving forward with their annual fundraising events. 

In this Pandemic, the Gala has gone virtual like pretty much everything else. 

El Rio Foundation and Children’s Museum Tucson are just two organizations that took their fundraising live on social media in October. 

El Rio Foundation held a Facebook Live production for their Noche de Fiestas, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the health care organization. 

El Rio Health is celebrating 50 years of serving Southern Arizona (Photo courtesy: El Rio Health)

Children’s Museum Tucson’s annual fundraiser is usually adults-only but this year’s Play at Home event allowed parents to participate with their children. 

The event sold out of the 300 play-packs the museum put together for its patrons to pick and use at home during the event broadcast.

El Rio Foundation tells News 4 Tucson that their virtual gala was a huge hit. 

Despite the fact the organization had to back up its other two annual fundraisers to 2021, El Rio has seen an uptick in community support during the Pandemic and expects to raise up to $300,000 more than forecasted at the beginning of the year. 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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