Awards Gala

NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala

The NEA Foundation will postpone the 2022 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala planned for February 11. The Foundation and our event partners explored all options to bring attendees together for this celebration and determined it is not possible at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We share in the disappointment of all who have looked forward to participating in the event in February. The Foundation will present the Gala sometime later in the year and is working toward confirmation of a new date, both for an in-person event and a corresponding virtual option.

We will provide updates as soon as possible.

What to Expect at the In-person Gala

In the interest of the health and safety of all Gala guests, the following precautions will be in place for the 2022 in-person Gala:

  • Masks will be required indoors when guests are not actively eating or drinking.
  • Attendance is being capped to promote distancing between groups, and there will be a limit of eight guests per table.
  • The venue will employ COVID-19 cleaning protocols.
  • All attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination and sign a waiver and release of liability.

In-person Gala guest attendance and protocols are based on the health and gathering restrictions prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and DC Government and those required by our Gala venue. As warranted, these also are subject to change.


A Look Back At the 2021 Gala

If you missed the live program or would like to simply re-live the magic, you can either click here to access the virtual venue or watch the video below to catch full show.


NEA Foundation Gala Records
Watch the 2021 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala
NEA Foundation Gala
Thanks to our Gala guests who joined us!

Awards Gala

  • California Casualty awardees from around the country
  • NEA Foundation President and CEO Sara A. Sneed
  • Resistance Revival Chorus Performs
  • Member Benefits Winner Casey Keyser of Frederick, Maryland
  • 2021 Awardee for Outstanding Service Public Education
  • 2021 Horace Mann Awardees
  • Attendees
  • Attendees
  • Attendees
  • Step Afrika Opens the 2021 Gala
  • Horace Mann’s Heather Cobra Addresses Viewers

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