Gala & Auction FAQs
What is the Gala? The Master’s School Gala & Auction is our school’s largest fundraiser of the year. It is held each March. The funds raised at this event are part of our school’s operating budget. It is also a wonderful night of fellowship for our school community.
How much is raised at the Gala? We typically raise over $75,000 each year.
How are the Gala funds raised? There are many ways to support the Gala. The funds are raised through sponsorship, ticket sales (although, after venue and dinner charges, only a small amount of each ticket sold is profit), advertisements in the program, Silent Auction, Live Auction, the Paddle Raise, and monetary donations.
How much are tickets? Tickets are $125 per person with an early bird discounted price of $110 per person if purchased by February 15. If you would like to purchase a table for ten, the price is $1,150 with an early bird discounted price of $1,000 if purchased by February 15.
How are ticket prices determined? Like any large event of this caliber, there is a cost associated with each person in attendance. The majority of the sale of each ticket covers the venue and food & beverage price per person.
How do I purchase my ticket(s)? Once you receive your invitation in the mail, you may return the RSVP card along with a check to The Master’s School. Or, you may visit our Gala website to purchase your tickets online via credit card.
Is there a deadline for purchasing tickets or can I pay at the door the night of the event? All ticket purchases must be made by March 11, 2019. Because we plan the event based on the number of people attending, we do not offer tickets at the door the night of the event.
Who attends the Gala? Each year over 200 alumni, current parents, faculty, staff, friends of The Master’s School, and guests attend the Gala. We would love for you to join us! This is a great opportunity for you to bring guests outside of our school community to give them a glimpse of the uniqueness of The Master’s School.
How many people usually attend the Gala? Approximately 200.
Are children allowed to attend? No. This is an adult only event. However, there are family fundraising events scheduled throughout the year that kids are welcome to attend.
What can I expect the evening of the event? The event is from 6-10 p.m. The evening begins with mingling and hor d'oeuvres. During this time, attendees are also able to browse through a wide range of Silent Auction items and place bids on a bid sheet, if desired. After the Silent Auction closes, guests take their assigned seats for dinner. During dinner there is a keynote speaker. Dessert is served followed by a Live Auction. An energetic auctioneer presents our Live Auction items and guests are able to bid by raising their paddles. The Live Auction concludes with a Paddle Raise. During this time, the auctioneer gives guests the opportunity to raise their paddle to pledge an amount at various levels between $5000 and $50 to support our school. This is the conclusion of the event.
Am I required to bid on items? No. There is no obligation to bid.
How is seating arranged? We do our very best to arrange seating to ensure attendees are sitting with people they know, such as friends, teachers and/or other parents in their child(ren)’s grade, etc. If you are bringing a guest, you will be seated together. You may also purchase a table and fill it with whomever you choose. Some people will choose this option and have each attendee at their table pay them for their tickets. This option makes ticket prices less per person than purchasing single tickets.
Do people ever come alone? Yes. We frequently have people purchase single tickets and come on their own.
What should I wear? The dress code for the event is cocktail attire. There is typically a wide range of clothing worn at the event. The majority of women wear a cocktail dress and men tend to wear a suit or dress pants with a shirt and tie or sweater. Occasionally women will wear dress slacks with a dressy blouse. Rarely someone will come in a tuxedo or ball gown.
What’s on the dinner menu? This year's menu will include passed hor d'oeuvres, salad, a plated combo of Filet Mignon and Pan Seared Salmon, and a dessert trio.
Is there a vegetarian entrée option? Yes, there is always a vegetarian entrée available. This year's vegetarian option is Eggplant Napoleon. Please let your server know the night of the event if you would prefer the vegetarian option.
What if I have food restrictions? Please let your server know the night of the event. Most common food restrictions can be easily accommodated. If you have a food allergy, please let us know before the event so we can contact the venue to determine your food options.
Is there alcohol at the event? Yes. There is an open bar of beer and wine. A variety of non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
Do I need to be there right at 6 p.m.? We recommend that everyone arrive at the start of the event to ensure time for fellowship and browsing/bidding on the Silent Auction. If you are unable to be there at 6 p.m., you are welcome to arrive when you are able.
What if I need to leave early? Our hope is that everyone will stay through the completion of the event. However, if there is a circumstance that requires you to leave early, you may do so.
If I win any items in the auction, will I be able to take them home the night of the event? Yes, all items are released to the winning bidder that night.
What forms of payment are accepted for auction items? You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.
If I am unable to attend, am I able to bid on auction items? Yes. We will have a limited number of Bid Butlers available to bid for you the night of the event. The list of auction items will be released prior to the Gala. If you would like to bid on any items, please contact the Events Department at school to arrange for a Bid Butler.