Conference Gala

The Conference Gala is a highlight of the EAST Conference, during which we honor outstanding EAST programs and students.

Red Carpet Extravaganza

Red Carpet Extravaganza
Doors open at 6:00 PM

The Red Carpet Extravaganza is the pre-show celebration and the grand entrance to the EAST Conference Gala. After closing its doors at 3:30 PM, the convention center will re-open the Plaza Lobby and Grand Lobby doors beginning at 6:00 PM. Please note all other entrances will be closed so attendees will have the full experience of this evening.

Conference attendees will mingle while enjoying light desserts and punch. Guest musicians will entertain you as you make your way toward the Gala. Be sure to stop along the way to take pictures and even schmooze the paparazzi.

Conference Gala
Program begins at 7:00 PM

Entrance to the Conference Gala will require scanning of name tags for registered facilitators, teachers, and students or Gala tickets for all other Conference Guests. The seating at Gala is first-come-first-served and will not be designated by staggered seating times or colored seating sections.

Upon entering the Gala doors we ask that you remain inside Halls B & C leaving space in the Grand Lobby and Plaza Lobby for other arrival groups to enjoy the Red Carpet Extravaganza as well.

This will be an exciting and fun night beginning from the moment you walk through the grand entrance to the Red Carpet Experience.

West-Scantlebury to be EAST Conference 2016 Keynote

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker for EAST Conference 2016. West-Scantlebury will deliver the keynote address during the Gala event on the second night of Conference, March 16.

"The mission of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation includes improving the lives of all Arkansans through the interrelated areas of education and economic development,” said West-Scantlebury. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the students and educators of EAST, a program that recognizes that correlation and the importance of preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce."

Involved in philanthropy for more than 20 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.

“Dr. West-Scantlebury is an engaging speaker with a tremendous vision. She sees a future that we should all aspire to be a part of, one of vast possibility in which the robust potential of education is harnessed to create endless opportunities for students in Arkansas and beyond, the very shapers — and inheritors — of that future,” said Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative.

“We are ecstatic that she agreed to come present the keynote for our students, indeed, for the whole EAST family, at our biggest event of the year.”

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice.

In addition to running the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, West is active in a number of nonprofits and philanthropy organizations.

Watch Live!

This is a closed event with limited seating. However, the Gala will be streamed live through this website.

Check back closer to Conference for more information!

Conference Gala Live!

To see last year's Conference's highlights and other EAST media, check out our YouTube channel and the 2015 EAST Conference Highlights.

EAST on YouTube

Conference 2015 Highlights

Conference Gala Tickets

Conference Participant Tickets

Registered Conference attendees (facilitators, Core teachers, chaperones and students) will receive a complimentary Gala ticket. The barcodes provided during on-site registration will serve as the ticket for facilitators, Core teachers and students. Chaperones will receive a physical ticket with a general guest barcode on the ticket.

Guest Tickets

As space allows, guest tickets for the Gala may be purchased by EAST Schools who invite members of their school, administration, parents or community partners. Each EAST Program is able to purchase up to six (6) additional guest tickets. Schools with both an EAST Program and EAST Core are able to purchase up to eight (8) tickets. 

Guest Tickets: $15 each

EAST Facilitators:

To reserve guest tickets, you need to register each guest on your My Planner page. An invoice will be emailed to you. After payment is received, your tickets will be in your registration bag available to pick up at registration Tuesday, March 15.


To reserve tickets for guests, email EAST Events. An invoice will be sent to you via e-mail. After payment is received, your tickets will be placed in your registration bag that is available for pick-up Tuesday, March 15.

Note: Facilitators and teachers must verify their registration bags contain the correct number of tickets. If a mistake is found after registration, missing tickets will have to be purchased separately.

Ticket Order and Payment Deadline

The deadline to order tickets, pay for tickets or receive a refund is Wednesday, March 2. Unpaid tickets after March 2 will be cancelled. 

Last Minute Additions: There may be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at Conference. 

Gala Seating

There will be reserved seating for the VIPs and the Founder's Award Finalist Schools and their guests. All other seating is general seating and is first come first served.

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