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Gillispie Gala

Thank you for joining us for Olé Olé, a Fundraising Fiesta for Gillispie School March 6, 2021!

This year’s event featured an online auction, a Virtual Gala, a live auction, paddle raise, and entertainment, and more.

We had a blast and can’t wait for next year’s event!


About The Annual Gillispie Gala

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

The venue varies but the purpose never does: the gala 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 Gala is held in the Spring, with the venue, Chair, and date announced at the beginning of the school year.


The Gala 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-Gala events designed to inspire excitement and set the stage. Often we auction off classroom art, which is on display in advance of the event. Our robust and diverse Silent Auction typically takes place the week of the event and definitely gets everyone into the festive spirit!

The Gala 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 Gala 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 100% tax-deductible and you will be provided with the benefits of being an underwriter after the 1st of the year.

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 Advancement 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 Debbie Rodriguez, at [email protected]

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