Operation Xcel is Celebrating Our Sweet 16th Anniversary!

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Here are Video Highlights from our 15th Anniversary Gala - 2023 Take a peek at last year's anniversary gala for an idea of what you may expect with a little more splendor!

A Personal Invitation from the Executive Director, Charlene Gladney

An Invitation to be part of the Legacy of Operation Xcel:

As we mark sixteen years of unparalleled success, dedication, and impact, we are thrilled to invite you to join us at this year's Sweet 16 Gala. This momentous event commemorates our journey and also shines a light on the bright futures we're cultivating together.

Drawing inspiration from last year's enchanting program, we're elevating the experience further, incorporating more heartfelt student testimonials, and offering an even richer platform for engagement, celebration, and inspiration.

This Year's Program Highlights:

  • The Online Silent Auction & Networking Cocktails: The evening begins with an upscale networking session accompanied by mocktails, setting the stage for connection and camaraderie. The online silent auction brimming with exclusive items and experiences, invites spirited bidding, with proceeds directly supporting our mission. (The auction closes at 7:00 PM)
  • Master of Ceremonies: Bob Buckley, with his charisma and eloquence, will guide us through the night's festivities, ensuring a seamless and engaging experience for all.
  • Warm Welcome: Our Executive Director, Charlene Gladney, will inaugurate the evening with opening remarks that reflect on our journey, celebrate our achievements, and envision our future.
  • Musical Elegance: Adrea Gladney will grace us with a musical selection, adding a touch of elegance and artistry to the evening.
  • Gourmet Dinner: A sumptuous dinner, promising culinary delight and fostering conversations among guests, setting the stage for the evening's testimonials and speeches. 
  • Amplified Student Testimonials: This year, we're giving the stage to more voices that matter. Current and past students will share their transformative journeys, highlighting the real impact of our collective efforts and your potential role in fostering these success stories.
  • Inspiring Keynote Speaker: Tracey McCain, a beacon of excellence and innovation, will share insights and inspirations, drawing from her journey to resonate with our theme of sweet success.
  • Celebration of Success: The evening will culminate in celebrating our achievements, with closing remarks by Charlene Gladney, reaffirming our commitment to our mission and values.

Affirmation:  As we echo the words of our affirmation, we invite you to be an integral part of this legacy. Together, we can amplify our impact, paving the way for academic success, character development, and community engagement.

You may consider being a sponsor.  Why, you may ask?

Your partnership would elevate the gala and significantly contribute to our mission of empowering young minds. This collaboration offers a unique platform for brand visibility, engagement with a diverse and influential audience, and alignment with a cause that resonates deeply within our community and beyond. As a sponsor, your organization will have the opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on the lives of many, fostering a legacy of success, empowerment, and community. Review sponsor information here.

Join Us in Celebrating Sweet Success

We look forward to celebrating sixteen years of sweet success together.


Warm regards, Charlene Gladney

Operation Xcel, Executive Director