My First Gala 711.1

I’m going to my first gala. According to the dictionary, a gala is an elaborate or lavish social event. The event is the Movieguide Awards, created to recognize and promote inspiring, spiritual, values-based movies and TV shows. Okay, that’s right up my alley, but the truth is I’m not a gala kind of guy.

For one thing, there is no way I’d pay a $1,000 dollars per “plate.” For another, I haven’t worn a tuxedo since my wedding.

And, finally, while I have nothing against Hollywood moguls and movie stars, I have no special desire to be in the same huge room with them.

I’m going because I want to impress my 14-year-old daughter Carissa. She’s less than ho-hum about being the daughter of a radio ethicist, but my stock has gone up since I asked her to be my date at a fancy dress-up dinner attended by real celebrities. Besides, it’s free since I am an invited guest of the John Templeton Foundation (the sponsor of two $100,000 awards), and they said I don’t have to wear a tux.

Now that I’m committed, I’m looking forward to the event that identifies and rewards producers, screenwriters, and actors who found a way to create high-quality entertainment with positive, uplifting messages. The organizers, Ted and Lili Baehr, say that the awards have actually increased the number of positive-value films and TV shows.

There’s lots of useless whining and lamenting about Hollywood’s negative impact on values, but you’ve got to hand to folks like the Baehrs and the Templeton Foundation for doing something about it, not to mention making me a big shot in the eyes of my daughter.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 5

  1. I would not go as far as Mr. T above; however, it would be somewhat less than classy to show up in something other than a tux when that is the appropriate dress. Even if you think it’s silly, your daughter should not have to be embarrassed by her own father. She should be provided with the example of a role model for proper decorum and this time, you’re up, Dad. Be the grown up. Rent the tux. JD

  2. Please attend the program properly dressed and with the enthusiasm it deserves. The value you will add to the program will encourage these men and women who have chosen to promote ‘positive-value films and TV shows’ because you identify with them. Your presence in this carefully selected gala will not diminish your character values. Even attending the Grammy, Oscars or Global Awards may not be perceived as being in the midst of sons and daughters of the enemy talk less this positive-value gala. Jesus Christ identified with the souls of sinners while he condemned their evil ways. To not go may be pharisee-like, to go is Barnabas-like. Your daughter is an important factor in the equation, but not more important than the global picture of appreciating those who appreciated your values.

  3. Michael, I expected more from you. The Movieguide people are actually helping you achieve your goals through movies. You don’t have to diss them the way you have. Get the tux.

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