Annual Galas

March 27, 2020

Dear NDI Gala Supporters and Friends,

What an extraordinary couple of weeks this has been!  In New Mexico, we have all been affected by COVID-19 and the policies put in place to combat it.  The challenge before all of us is that we face a serious and evolving situation that requires us to make difficult decisions based on fast-changing information.  As such, I want to share with you that NDI New Mexico’s in-person gala events will not take place on May 2 in Albuquerque and May 9 in Santa Fe as originally scheduled and planned.

While this change in plans is necessary, it is also difficult for many reasons. The galas are a time for the entire NDI New Mexico family to come together.  We gather to see and feel the children’s pride in their accomplishments.  Moreover, the NDI galas celebrate our children’s success and remind us why we are united in our support of using dance to teach 8,400 children throughout the state the Core Four:  work hard, do your best, never give up, and be healthy! 

Another important consideration for us is the incredible commitment of financial support that NDI receives from you, our donors, corporate sponsors, table hosts, and attendees.  Your generous gala support traditionally provides 23% of NDI’s annual budget and significantly funds the in-school programming that has already taken place this year.  Yet we also know that many of you have experienced significant financial setbacks with the recent market drop.

Currently, NDI’s talented, creative teachers are busy preparing instructional and motivational videos for social media so that our students and families can stay active, engaged, and connected.  We know that these connections are even more important during this challenging time and we invite you to also stay connected with us via our website, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Right now, we are in the process of making thoughtful, prudent decisions about fundraising in general and how best to approach this year’s gala events, the most essential source of funding for our annual programs.  We are still committed to celebrating the tremendous achievement of the NDI teachers and students who have worked so hard all year while also embodying the Core Four in our plans and actions.  We are reimagining what the galas might be and thank you for your patience as we work through this.  Watch for details of joyful mission-focused virtual celebrations around the original gala dates of May 2 (Albuquerque) and May 9 (Santa Fe). We appreciate your loyal support and hope that you will continue supporting NDI. We will be in touch with specifics as soon as possible.

Yours in teaching children excellence,

Russell Baker
Executive Director


NDI New Mexico's Annual Galas in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are being reimagined this year as the first ever NDI New Mexico VIRTUAL GALAS!  

These Virtual Galas will feature inspiring video performances and testimonials from the public school children who warm your hearts year after year with their energy and teamwork. You will be inspired by NDI New Mexico’s creativity and dedication as we continue to serve the needs of the children of New Mexico.  

Support teaching children excellence by joining us virtually (online) May 2 (Albuquerque), and May 9 (Santa Fe). Watch for details of this joyful mission-focused celebration! More information coming soon.