Message from Palm Valley School Gala Committee, 1/19

Dear Families,

We are getting very excited about the biggest Palm Valley event of the year - the Annual Fundraising Gala! Many of you have already purchased tickets, and we are nearing sell out status! If you have not yet bought your tickets, please do so here very soon, so you don't miss out!

This year, we will have a large ONLINE Auction in lieu of our usual silent auction at the Gala. The online auction will allow our families who cannot attend to support the Gala's efforts and get some great swag and gifts in the process! Additionally, you can send the link to our ONLINE auction to Grandparents, and friends near and far to help support our school. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of donors and fundraising participants to support our school beyond what tuition covers. The online auction link will be live on Friday, February 2and will run for two full weeks. Look for that coming soon!

If you are attending the Gala, however, there will be many things that aren't available outside of that special evening! Below are some highlights.

Casino Royale Experience
First off, every ticket to the event or seat at a table grants you an automatic$500 in playing chips for use at the Casino Tables that will be open that night! Those of you who are sitting at the upgraded tables for 12 will receive $1,000 in playing chips! During casino gaming hour, you can continue to purchase more chips and try to walk away the "big winner!" The individual with the most chips at the close of the casino gaming time can select a trip for two of their choicefrom our Live Auction list of trips. All proceeds support Palm Valley School.

Special Sign-ups and Purchases
In addition to the Live Auction those present at the Gala will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for three other fabulous events, our new format PVS Golf Day, the Annual Poker Night event, and a chance to participate in a Ladies Botox Luncheon from Dr. Tim Jochen at Contour Dermatology. Additionally, we have engaged the services of the uber-talented photographer and well-known parent at PVS, Stuart Watson, to take the individual and sibling portraits of all the children of parents attending the Gala. The beautiful, one-of-a-kind, ready to frame, matted photos will be available for sale ONLY if you attend the Gala.

Dinner and Drinks and the After Party
After valet service whisks away your car and you walk the red carpet to have your photo taken at the step-and-repeat, you will be greeted with trays of passed appetizers and handed an ice cold martini served in a custom printed Firebird martini glass - yours to keep after the event! After you spend time at the Casino tables, you will be served an incredible dinner complete with a delicious selection of wines and a delightful dessert. Later, you can kick up your heels with your friends in the Martini Lounge After Party where the bar stays open, and the DJ keeps you dancing late into the night (tickets to After Party are an additional $35). You also get a special glow shot glass as a souvenir!

Live Auction
The Live Auction will consist of 10-12 special items that are only available for bidding on that night to Gala guests! Incredible trips to international destinations for you and your family, and one-of-a-kind items like Head of School for the Day with Mrs. Rice, KMIR Newscaster Kid for the Day with Patrick Price, Street Naming rights on campus for the 18-19 school year and "owning" a parking space on campus!

Raise the Paddle to Help Students
Our Raise the Paddle theme this year is "Building a Better Classroom." So much goes into building each classroom to provide students with a Palm Valley education - including supplies, materials, technology, field trips, furniture, teacher training, specialized resources, and more! During the Raise the Paddle, your contribution ensures that our students continue to receive everything that makes a Palm Valley education special. Tuition pays for the basics, but as a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity and philanthropy of our donors to help us keep all those extras aligned with cutting-edge educational practices and student outcomes.

So, brush off your best cocktail attire for a night in Vegas and get ready for Casino Royale! We hope to see you all there, ready to spin the Roulette wheel, toss the dice, and be the highest bidder to benefit our incredible students, hard-working faculty, and excellent school! Go Firebirds!

Sincerely,

The 2018 Gala Committee
Eve Fromberg, Mary Gray, Audrey Kassinove, Jodi Wiseley, Courtney Fisher, Bryan Jensen, Michael Monroe, Miguel Gomez, and Susan Rice