Annual gala & auction

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What is the Gala & Auction?

25 years ago, the members of St. John’s Auxiliary created the Gala & Auction to support St. John’s Lutheran School and its students. This event is a very special evening to thank God for the blessing that is St. John’s Lutheran School, as well as to celebrate YOU, our parents, supporters, teachers, faculty and staff. Through Jesus Christ, we are forever linked in a desire to grow our school, our students and our ability to serve St. John’s and set the example for generations to come. 

The Annual Gala & Auction raises funds through silent and live auctions that directly benefit the students of St. John’s.  Because of the Gala’s growing success in recent years, the financial side of the event was brought under the St. John’s Advancement Department to streamline monetary issues and relieve the financial and contractual liability of any one Auxiliary individual. However, the leadership, strength, creativity, and talents of our Auxiliary members (which includes ALL St. John’s parents) is still the vital backbone of the Gala & Auction. This event would not happen without the many parents who serve to make the Gala proceeds a blessing to our school and most importantly, our students.

What are the proceeds going to support?

Outside of production costs (venue, auctioneer, entertainment), all Auction proceeds directly and fully benefit St. John’s and it’s students. 10% of the Auction proceeds will support the Auxiliary, and 10% will support the Athletic Booster Club. ALL of the remaining money raised will support our live auction Fund-A-Need (specific focus may change from year to year depending on need) and school improvements including technology and facilities upgrades.

May I donate something for the Silent or Live Auction?

Yes please! You may contact the Advancement Department at 714-288-4465 or email for donation and sponsorship information. We also accept donations through the Auction Family Campaign each March to gather silent and live auction items. Each year, our Room Parents designate a person to take the lead on a class auction item, but there is no limit to how many items a class may offer. You can donate to build a basket of items, or donate travel items (airline miles, vacation properties, hotel stays), designer merchandise, electronics, wine, theater tickets & packages, game tickets & memorabilia, gift cards through our Scrip Program, exclusive experiences or other excursions to offer as stand-alone auction items. If you have a business that would like to donate, please contact the Advancement Department at the above email.

How can I help?

We have Team Leaders heading up Sponsorship, Operations (day of the event), Opportunity Ticket Sales, Silent & Live Auction Items, Marketing, and Wine Donation Committees. Detailed information regarding ways you can serve is available from the Auction Chair, along with contact information for each Team Leader, including PIP Hour benefits for each committee. There is no job too big or too small with the Gala. Every person is a valued part of the team!

I need the PIP Hours, can I do work at home?

Absolutely! We have sponsor packets, donation receipts, and Gala invitations that will need to be prepped for mailing. This is the perfect job for working parents to do after the kiddos go to sleep. We give you everything you need, you assemble the pieces, return them to the school office, and we mail them out. We also have donated items and packages that will need to be entered into BidPal, our online bidding system. Please contact the Auction Chair for more information.