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Annual Fundraiser

Come join the fun for “Boots & Bling” at the Farmer & the Seahorse on Saturday, April 13, 2023! We will be kicking up our heels and having a great time, all while supporting Gillispie.

More details coming soon! Contact Dana Irwin to get involved! ([email protected]; or at (858) 459-3773 ext. 133)

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About The Annual Gillispie Fundraiser

Each year, Gillispie School community comes together to host the party of the year!

The venue varies but the purpose never does: the event raises essential funds to:

  • Maintain the financial aid fund to welcome students of all socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Preserve a safe and “green” campus
  • Maintain our library, art, technology, science, and classroom supplies
  • Support specific operation and/or capital projects

The event is generally held in the Spring, with the venue, chairs, and date announced at the beginning of the school year.


The Annual Fundraiser is in the works long before the school year begins, and the committee works diligently to bring the fun year-round. The event is typically based on a theme, and we all get into the spirit long before the evening arrives!

We often enjoy pre-event activities designed to inspire excitement and set the stage. Our robust and diverse Silent Auction typically takes place the week of the event and definitely gets everyone into the festive spirit!

The event itself includes a live auction, dinner, drinks, socializing, and dancing, along with the opportunity to raise your paddle to fund a unique and time-sensitive need for the School. A truly wonderful time is had by all!

What you can do to help!

VOLUNTEER: Get involved as a member of the Annual Fundraiser Committee, and recruit other Gillispie parents to do the same!

BECOME AN UNDERWRITER: Make every dollar raised truly count by underwriting event expenses. These donations are partially tax-deductible and are accompanied by wonderful event benefits!

DONATE ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION. The Live and Silent (Online) Auctions are always in need of unique items! Do you have a special skill, tickets to a sporting or music event, a vacation home/timeshare, airline miles, or access to a spa, golf course, or yacht club? Do you have bottles of fine wine you would be willing to share? Do you know of a business that could donate goods? Some of our hottest ticket items are experiences in private homes – are you willing to open your doors to our families? Contact the Development Office at [email protected] with your ideas.

ATTEND! It simply isn’t a celebration without you! Please save the date, and if you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the event. Look for your invitation in the mail in the winter!

Questions or ideas?  Contact us, at [email protected].

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