THE 2020 GALA, The Roaring Twenties


has been postponed


  • What is the Gala?
    The gala is our school’s largest fundraiser of the year. It consists of silent and live auctions followed by dinner and dancing. All money raised supports programs for our children at the school and many projects to improve school facilities.
  • When is the Gala?
    May 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to Midnight
  • Where is the Gala?
    Hotel Pendry
    550 J street
    San Diego, CA 92101

  • How much are tickets?
  • What is “Sponsoring?”
    Sponsoring the gala means donating money to the gala in exchange for certain benefits. In exchange for your generous contribution, you will get prominent signage for your company logo or family name. People who donate $1,250 or more will receive two tickets to the gala. Become a sponsor by contacting the development officer, Veronique Rahmati at development@sdfrenchschool.orgClick here to download the sponsorship form
  • What is the “Auction”?
    There will be a silent auction, a dessert auction and a live auction. Live auction items include class projects, big-ticket items, exceptional experiences and more. Silent auction items include everything from vacations and getaways, to music and sports lessons, to class projects.The auction represents a major portion of the total income for the Gala and it needs your help. To contribute auction items, or to learn more about the event, please contact Veronique Rahmati at development@sdfrenchschool.orgTO DOWNLOAD THE PROCUREMENT FORM AND MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO THE AUCTION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
  • How does the auction work?
    When you arrive at the Gala, you will receive a packet that will contain a live auction catalog, your bid card and your table assignment. The bid card will have your bidder number printed on it. You can bid on items during the silent auction by writing your bidder number on the silent auction form.
    This year, the Gala will feature a professional auctioneer, who will conduct the live auction. To bid on a live auction item, simply raise your bid card and either Sean or one of the live auction spotters will recognize and record your bid. You will also use your bidder number during the dessert auction. (see below)
    After the live auction has finished, successful bidders may submit their payments and obtain their goods.
  • What is the dessert auction?
    This year, several parents have volunteered to bake signature desserts for the dessert auction. In addition, notable area bakeries will provide an array of dessert offerings. Each table will receive a dessert auction form. This form will have a space for your bidder number and the amount you would like to bid for the chance for your table to select dessert first. The total bid for each table will be used to determine the selection order.
  • What will the entertainment be at the Gala?
    After dessert is served, the dance floor will open for the remainder of the night.
  • What is the attire for the Gala?
    The gala will be elegant. The dress code will be formal.
  • What is the schedule for the evening?
    The silent auction will open at 5:30 p.m. Different sections of the silent auction will close at various times, with the last one closing at 7:30 p.m. The live auction will begin as dinner is being served. Dancing will start after dinner and continue until midnight.
  • Where does the money go?
    This year, the Gala Committee, in conjunction with the Development Committee, focus on areas of the campus that need to be enhanced or renovated, such as the Scholar Arena, the Garden of Five Senses, science laboratory, library, the sports field, the upper grade area, playground surfacing, etc.
  • How is the seating arranged at the Gala?
    Seating will be assigned by the Gala committee. If you have a preference as to seating, please indicate that on the ticket form and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.
  • What can I do to help?
    We welcome parent assistance. Aside from the obvious answer of “underwrite parts of the event costs, bid on auction items and party “, we have the following suggestions:

    • Donate silent and live auction items
      click here for a donor form
    • Donate bottles of wine for the auction
    • Invite your family and friends to attend the Gala
    • Sign up to help set up or take down
    • Have your company SPONSOR part of the Gala. It’s great advertising!