Annual Gala

Dear Palm Valley Families,

The Palm Valley School has hosted an Annual Gala for as long as anyone can remember. This major event on our Annual Calendar not only helps us to raise money to close the gap between operating costs and what Tuition pays for, but it's a wonderful community event for the adult members of our current families and alumni, our faculty, and other invited community guests to come together and have a memorable, elegant evening for an important cause.

The money raised at our Annual Gala is so important to the day to day operations of the school and relies heavily on the generosity of our families to buy, donate, assist with gathering donations, and all the other important details that go into planning an event of this magnitude!

Whether you choose to bid on the online, silent, or live auction items - the Annual Gala has something for everyone. Whether your purchase is something you might buy everyday anyways or something extra special that you splurge on - every little bit helps us to meet our Fundraising goal each year and ensure that our students, faculty, and programs are fully funded for an optimal student experience.

Additionally, we host a "Raise the Paddle" portion of the program each year for a special cause to raise money for a "Fund a Need" that the school has identified. The contributions made towards that need are earmarked and only used for that educational purpose. So whether it's a new Science Lab, the Performing Arts budget, or Professional Development for our Faculty - every dollar counts. While the purchases you make during the Gala are not tax-deductible, the Raise the Paddle gifts that you make to the school are.

The Palm Valley Community is comprised of so many giving and generous families that all work together to support our Mission and implement our Values. This Annual event is a time to come together and celebrate and work together for a common goal.


Our Annual Gala 2019 will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, March 2nd. This year our theme is "Puttin' on the Ritz" and our Raise the Paddle will benefit student safety and security improvements on campus.

2019 Gala Committee Susan Rice, Eve Fromberg, Mary Gray, Audrey Kassinove, Courtney Fisher, Jodi Wiseley, Andrea Turner, Miguel Gomez, and Athena Brasfield

2019 Table Sponsors Dr. Tim Jochen & Lee Erwin, Amanda Vance & the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, Susan & Timothy Rice, Bryan Kocen, Christopher Nayfack, Bridget Ballinas, Aaron & Jennifer Lotto, Dr. Erik Palmer & Dr. Kimberley Yang

Our Generous 2019 Underwriters

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