The entire Washington Waldorf School adult community—current and alumni parents, faculty and staff, supporters and friends--gather to socialize, partake of delicious food, festive music and dancing, and raise funds for our school. This is a celebratory occasion that not only shores up the school’s finances; it also strengthens our bond as advocates for Waldorf education in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
The gala takes place in the evening of Saturday, May 4. This year, the gala is located at St. Francis Hall in the residential area of Brookland in northeast DC, adjacent to the stunning Franciscan Monastery.
Invitations will go out early-March. Single ticket prices will start at $100 a person. (Tickets will be sold online) Parking is available on site.
Mark your calendar and get ready for a memorable evening!
If you know someone outside immediate WWS community who might be interested in attending the gala, send the person’s name and email address to Maria Monteverde-Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will add them to the invitation list!
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
The annual WWS gala is one of the key fundraising events held annually. The over $100,000 raised each year goes largely to financial aid, but also to the operating budget and at times a special appeal. The opportunities to support the annual gala are numerous:
Buy a ticket and attend!
Single ticket prices will start at $100 per person. Tickets will go on sale on March 15, 2019.
Each year a silent online auction comprised of nearly 100 items raises over $10,000 for our general operating budget. Tangible items go on display in the WWS hallways; while bidding is conducted entirely online. Auction items come from WWS families, who donate and/or solicit items, services, or gift certificates from area businesses. Auction donation forms are available from the Development Office or on our website on the spring gala page. Forms are due back by April 5 and the items are due no later than April 11. Downloadable Auction Donation Form
A live auction will take place at the gala. Our live auction includes an appeal for Financial Aid (see below) and two or three live auction items, which will include our reserved parking spaces in the front parking lot. If you have an idea or a lead on a live item, please contact Maria Monteverde-Jackson. Donors should deliver items to the Development Office by April 11.
Appeal for Financial Aid
The highlight of the live auction will be the appeal for Financial Aid. Our financial aid program plays a vital role in our school, not only in helping families who qualify for assistance, but also in supporting enrollment and in maintaining a diverse student body. We offer more financial aid than most other independent schools. The full need, however, remains unmet. We ask for additional support of our financial aid program, to help us meet the needs of as many families as possible.
A Buy-In Party is an activity with a set ticket price and date. Anyone can buy a ticket—it is first-come, first-serve. The Buy-In Parties will represent a broad range of interests and ticket prices. Past Buy-In Parties include walking tours, family cookouts, and cooking classes. Want to organize or sponsor a party or event? Use this downloadable Buy-In Party Form.
If you own a business or are closely associated with one, please contact the Development Office if the business would be interested in sponsorship and/or advertising in the gala program. Business sponsorship begin at $250. Downloadable Business Sponsorship brochure.
SILENT / LIVE AUCTION INFORMATION
WWS families make the silent auction an annual success thanks to the creativity behind the items donated. Thank you! Every family is encouraged to donate something to the online or live auctions.
- The Silent Auction is online for two weeks only April 29-May10.
- The Raise the Paddle for Financial Aid will take place at the gala on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
- Only new / unused items will be accepted for the silent auction (e.g., no used clothing, furniture, appliances, etc.)
- Items will be accepted after April 11, 2019.
- Restaurant gift cards do very well.
- Tickets to a Capitals or Nationals game or other sporting event are popular.
- Handmade Waldorf inspired items if you have an expertise.
- Activities and experiences that are appropriate for children or adults do well. One family offered a weekend at a beach house; another offered a homemade dessert for a month delivered directly to the winner’s house.
Be creative, use your imagination!