St. John's 2018 Gala - pop!

Gala & Auction Information (click to download)

Sponsorship & Donation Form

Sponsor Request Letter

Sponsor A Teacher Form

Family Campaign Donation Form

Gala & Auction FAQs (see below)

St. John’s biggest event is coming up, and we want you to be a part of it! Last year, contributions to the 25th Annual Gala & Auction helped us to raise more than $150,000 to purchase instructional technology materials for St. John’s Lutheran School students. This year, the event will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott on May 12, 2018 (900 Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island). We expect have close to 400 attendees, as we have secured former KROQ DJ Richard Blade, and he draws quite a crowd - you don't want to miss out!


Through the generosity of St. John’s Lutheran Church and private donations, the St. John’s STEM Lab is currently under construction. Students will be using the space beginning in the fall of 2018 and now is your chance to help provide STEM equipment for student learning in the STEM Lab! Today’s St. John’s students are in a world of constant technological change, therefore, the 2018 Auction proceeds will benefit student-centered technology and instructional materials that support 21st century learning objectives. As St. John’s begins the path toward a 1:1 Apple iPad school, your auction donations directly support that rich student learning environment. 

For more information on the 26th Annual Gala & Auction, to purchase sponsorships, or donate items, please contact our amazing 2018 Gala Co-Chairs: 

Elise Ozawa (

Kelly Reinberger (

Annual gala & auction FAQs

What is the Gala & Auction?

26 years ago, the parent volunteers 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. 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 students. Money raised will support our Fund-A-Need benefitting STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math) and 1:1 Apple product implementation.

May I donate something for the Silent or Live Auction?

Yes please! Contact the Gala Co-Chairs above for donation and sponsorship information, or simply download the Sponsorship Form. 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 our Gala Co-Chairs at the above emails.

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. Contact us to serve on one of these amazing teams! There are major 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.