Al Pollard Gala

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

Date: 22 Sep 2018

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 13th annual Gala. Amazing food, craft cocktails, live music, chef competition & Gatsby-themed. One of a kind fun! Limited capacity.

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

Amazing craft cocktails. Two drinks included with admission.

Live band, Uptown! Lots of dancing.

Live & Silent auction. Items that will impress.

Convenient parking.

Great Gatsby Themed - Have a roaring great time!

What to Expect

 The 13th Annual Al Pollard Memorial

Gala & Golf Tournament 

  A fun Gatsby-themed Gala celebrating the opening of new complex at the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western.


It’s the 13th year of the Al Pollard Memorial Gala & Golf Tournament. One of the Roanoke Valley’s largest  and most well-known non-profit fundraisers.  
This year is very special – the Gala will be part of the Grand Opening activities for the brand new, state-of-the-art Culinary School kitchen for the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western.
The Gala has a Gatsby theme – come in your finest 1920’s attire.  Here’s a great web site with Gatsby theme ideas.
Plan to enjoy fabulous culinary treats prepared by local chefs and culinary students. A wonderful local band, Uptown, will perform, and a live and silent auction will be held. An annual tradition at the Gala is the Kroger Chef Competition.


2018 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 – Uptown

6:30 pm              Silent Auction opens

7:00 pm              Kroger Chef Competition – Contestant Introductions – main stage

7:20 pm              Kroger Chef Competition begins – new kitchens

7:45-8:45 pm     Live music – Uptown

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

9:00 pm              Live Auction (outside tent)

9:30-10:45 pm   Live music – Uptown

11:00 pm             Gala ends




Golf Tournament Information

Friday Sept. 21, 2018

Roanoke Country Club

Limited teams available – download info and application



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?

You can also call Larry @ (540) 309-1781 or email

Or Paula @ (540) 776-0771




Meeting Location

109 Henry St NW, Roanoke, Virginia 24016, USA

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!

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