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15th Annual Shepherd Gala and Auction!

The Official Weekly Newsletter of the 15th Annual Shepherd Annual Gala Committee

We are just beginning the massive effort of planning and preparation for Shepherd’s 15th Annual Spring Gala and Auction. This year’s Gala will be held on May 4th, 2019, at The Atrium at Bobby Van’s Grill in Washington, DC. Historically, the Spring Gala has been the PTA’s best fundraiser of the year, and we hope to raise over $40,000 this year to support Shepherd’s academic and enrichment programs, which will benefit all students.

This weekly update will bring you all the latest on features planned for the evening, helpful tips and reminders, polite solicitations, and more. For full event details or to purchase your tickets, please visit the auction webpage.

We Need You!

Our Shepherd community is filled with talented individuals who move mountains at home, work, and in the community. We need a wide range of skills to make this year’s auction successful and still need volunteers to help make that happen. Whether you have little time or a lot, can’t picture yourself volunteering or have been looking for just the right thing, we want you! Please email us about your specific interest or skill set. Thank you in advance for being an amazing part of the auction volunteer team!

Class Projects and Baskets

Assist your classroom parent(s) and teachers by contributing to classroom project and basket donations – email your room parent(s) or email Caroline Smith.

Party It Forward — Parent Parties!

We’re asking Shepherd parents step up to host creative parties for adults and kids to help raise funds for the school. From whiskey tasting to trips to the batting cages, guacamole making to lego birthday party, the ideas and possibilities are endless. Think about how much you would love to just show up to a party someone else plans for you or your kids… and think about what type of party you might be able to host for others! The auction team needs your help, email us for more details or to offer up an idea!

Bon Voyage — Amazing Travel Needed

The SES Gala Committee seeking vacation homes, in the U.S. and abroad, airline miles, or other items that would make extraordinary auction items. Does your family head home for the summer? Would you be willing to host a family in your home country and show them the sites? Help us bring the world to Shepherd and inspire our International Baccalaureate community to see the world. Email us your ideas!

Help Procure Donations and Sponsorships

The SES Gala Committee is actively soliciting donations of goods and services for the auction – we would love your help and ideas for great auction items. If you have an item to donate or know a business owner you would like to solicit directly for event sponsorship or donation, please email us to coordinate outreach or complete the donation form. Better yet, consider supporting the Gala as an official sponsor – rewards and recognition for various VIP ticketed sponsor levels are described here. Ticketed VIPs will receive early admission to a VIP-only reception, featuring open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Seven Weeks to Go!

We can’t wait to see you on May 4th. So here’s a to-do list to make sure we do!

Secure the babysitter.
Break out your best cocktail attire.
Purchase your tickets.
Encourage your fellow parents, friends, and neighbors to buy tickets.
Purchase “Angel” tickets to cover the cost of Shepherd teach/staff attendance at the event.
Donate your time, items, ideas to make the auction a success.
Come ready to celebrate and bid!