Al Pollard Gala

Duration: 5 hrs. - 6:00 - 11:00 pm

Date: 28 Sep 2019

Location: Culinary Institute at Virginia Western



21 & Over Only

Advance ticket is required, capacity is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. Gala held rain or shine - with both inside & outside venue.


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The 14th annual Gala. Amazing food, craft cocktails, live music, & chef competition. One of a kind fun! Limited capacity.

Suggested dress is cocktail attire.

Delicious Indian-themed menu of hors-d’oeuvres, action stations, and desserts!

Live band! Lots of dancing.

Amazing craft cocktails. Two drinks included with admission.

Convenient parking.

What to Expect

 The 14th Annual Al Pollard Memorial

Gala & Golf Tournament 

Gala – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Golf Tournament – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

It’s the 14th year of the Al Pollard Memorial Gala & Golf Tournament. One of the Roanoke Valley’s largest and most well-known non-profit fundraisers.  
The Gala will be held at the state-of-the-art Culinary School kitchen for the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western.
Plan to join the fun. Your ticket includes;
• Indian-themed food.
• Craft cocktails.
• Live Band.
• Featuring the Al Pollard Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Chef Competition, Sponsored by Kroger.
            •  6 Chefs competing in the state-of-the-art kitchens
            • “Mystery Basket” style contest
            • Top Chef judges
All proceeds support the Al Pollard Memorial Foundation and the Culinary Arts Program.


2019 Al Pollard Gala Schedule

(Times may vary – updates are expected)

6:00 pm              Gala begins

6:00 pm              Food & Cocktail service begins

6:00-7:00 pm    Live music

7:00 pm             Al Pollard Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Chef Competition – Contestant Introductions – main stage

7:20 pm             Al Pollard Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Chef Competition begins – kitchens

7:45-8:45 pm     Live music

8:45  pm             Non-Profit Presentations (outside tent)

9:30-10:00 pm   Live music

11:00 pm             Gala ends


Golf Tournament Information

 Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Roanoke Country Club

Limited teams available

Download Golf Entry Form

Download Corporate Sponsorship Info


Gala or Golf Tournament Questions?

Have questions?  For instance, where do we park for the Gala?   What’s the menu look like?    What are this year’s auction items?

Call or email Jaden Hagmaier

(540) 776-0771




Gala is held at the new Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program kitchen complex & outside on Henry Street - 109 Henry St NW Roanoke, Virginia 24016.

FREE Parking at Roanoke Higher Education Center (rear). Enter the lot at
23 Centre Ave, NW, Roanoke VA 24016,
or, Wells Avenue, NW Roanoke VA 24016.

FREE Parking at Gainsboro Garage. Enter garage at either, easy very short walk.
25 Shenandoah Ave, NW, Roanoke VA 24016,
or 51 Centre Ave, NW, Roanoke VA 24016.

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An amazing night for an amazing purpose! A blessing to the culinary community!

J. Wilkes - Facebook Review

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