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2020 Gillispie Gala

Thank you to the hundreds of current families, alumni parents, community members, and corporate sponsors who ensured that the 2020 Tiki Oasis Gala was a smashing success!

More than $430,000 was raised to benefit the students and families of Gillispie School!

Thanks to Erin Preuss and Dagmar Smek for chairing this year’s Tropical Extravanganza!

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.

The Gala is held in March, with the venue, Chair, and date announced at the beginning of the school year.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

The Gala is in the works long before the school year begins, and the committee works diligently to bring the fun year-round.

In November, we invite members of our community to the Gala Wine Party, where attendees bring a bottle of their finest 95 point wine for the Gala Wine Raffle and enjoy socializing with other families.

In the weeks leading up to the Gala:

• There will be an art gallery on display where you can preview the stunning art pieces created by each class or grade level, which are then auctioned live at the event;

• An online auction filled with unique items and experiences goes live and bidding commences!

• At the Gala event in March, your ticket will gain you entry to an exciting venue for dancing, dinner, drinks, and a thrilling live auction.

What you can do to help!

VOLUNTEER: Get involved as a member of the 2021 Gala Committee, and recruit other Gillispie parents to do the same!

 

UNDERWRITE AN EXPENSE. Make every dollar raised truly count by underwriting an event expense. These donations are 100% tax-deductible. A mailing with options for underwriting is sent home in February.

 

DONATE ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION. The Live and 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/time share, airline miles, or access to a spa, golf course, or yacht club? Do you have bottles of fine wine you’d 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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