Postponed until Saturday, May 16

Dear Friends of Briarwood,

Due to increasing concerns regarding the COVID19 coronavirus, Briarwood leadership has decided to postpone the Gala until the evening of May 16, 2020. Our theme this year is “Adventure Awaits” … and we’ll be awaiting it just a bit longer!

Public health leadership around the world has asked organizations to postpone gatherings over 100. Additionally, we know that this virus has more negative effects for adults enjoying retirement. Given the size of the Gala and our past base of support, postponing seemed like the most prudent decision.

Briarwood has been in communication about the potential effects of COVID-19. I also commend these resources from the Northern Texas–Northern Louisiana Synod (linked here and here). We are doing all we can to maintain normal operations at Briarwood, but expect that our chief ministry of gathering people will continue to be challenged.

We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, and all participants! Your tickets are valid for the May 16 event. And now, you have a chance to recruit more folks for an “Adventure Awaits” evening at Briarwood!

Please feel free to be in touch with me or with Christi Cook ( if you have any questions regarding to the Gala or other Briarwood events.


Robert Smith