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Art of Life GALA 2019

2019 GALA Venue

Sweeney Barn in Manassas, VA

For the inaugural year - Sweeney Barn was the beautiful GALA location and centrally located in Prince William County on the edge of Manassas, right next to Bristow, Gainesville and Haymarket, VA. Click on the picture to learn more.

The 2020 GALA location info coming soon!!

About the GALA

Kelly Haneklau, artist owner Minor Miracles. Mark Andrews, Executive Director Therapeutic Adventures


 The Art of Life GALA is all about sharing the important things in life with others and having fun while doing it! Isn't that the "art of life"? Our mission is to financially support small charities and organizations doing good in the world by employing art and a party. One day we will start a non-profit, but in the interim, we are volunteering our time to help Therapeutic Adventures and get our feet wet!

Kelly Haneklau, local artist and Founder/Owner of Minor Miracles in Bristow, VA is honored to be the Founder/Organizer of the Art Of Life GALA. The inaugural year was 2019 and she looks forward to many more. The Art of Life GALA 2020  will support Therapeutic Adventures, Inc., a Charlottesville-based non- profit organization. Haneklau stated, "The work this organization does is beyond amazing and has touched so many lives for almost 40 years. I am honored to be a small part in the awareness of the work they do and it is a pleasure to work with Mark Andrews (Founder/Executive Director), to make these dreams a reality". 

The gala is an evening for adults to have fun and give back at the same time. There will be amazing art and other items available for a silent-auction, guest speakers/performers, delicious local food and drink, music, games and community spirit!" The Art of Life GALA will increase awareness about and help TA raise monies for the adaptive sports programs and outdoor adventures provided by Therapeutic Adventures, Inc." Haneklau remarked.

Sponsorships are being sought from local businesses, companies, and individuals to support Therapeutic Adventures' fundraising goals. Haneklau said, "community support and involvement are the cornerstones of this event’s success".  She noted that our immediate community does not have a lot of opportunities like this. So it is important to help foster this type of event so more will happen in the near future.

This GALA will not only raise awareness and provide much needed support, but bring people together for a fantastically fun evening!

Ages 18 and older please.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Therapeutic Adventures organization and the wonderful work they do.  To volunteer or for more information, visit or contact the event organizer, Kelly Haneklau at

About the Non-Profit Recipient

Therapeutic Adventures is  a Virginia based, non-profit organization that helps disabled people.

 Therapeutic Adventures,  is a Virginia based, non-profit organization that helps people of all ages who have disabilities or complex medical needs (including our military veterans and cancer survivors) enjoy life through outdoor activities- like skiing, fly-fishing, kayaking and cycling - just to name a few. Therapeutic Adventures priority has always been to support individuals and families with partial to full scholarships and specialized adaptive equipment, making participation adaptive sports and outdoor recreation a reality. Many programs and events are provided at NO cost to the participants. TA's specially trained, all-volunteer program staff, enables people to embrace fun and meaningful activities that improve functional independence and quality of life. 


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Art Of Life GALA 2020 location:

TBD...Please stay tuned! Event location announcement coming soon!