Please note: our 28th Annual Gala & Auction is postponed

Please contact kearly@stjohnsorange.org with questions. Thank you and God bless!

St. John's annual gala & auction

Gala & Auction Information (click to download)

Gala & Auction FAQs

Printable Donation Form

Google Doc Donation Form

Donation Letter

Sponsor Information

Purchase Tickets: Click HERE to be taken to the Gala One Cause Event Site!


St. John’s biggest event is coming up, and we want you to be a part of it! Last year, contributions to the 27th Annual Gala & Auction helped us to purchase AppleTVs for all classrooms and equip them with exciting new technology for our students. 


This year, The 28th Annual Gala & Auction will be held at Highway 39 Event Center in Anaheim on April 4, 2020. All proceeds benefit the awesome students of St. John's Lutheran School. This year's theme - Courageous: Inspiring Everyday Heroes - encourages us to embrace the power we have as the community of St. John's, and bless the students of St. John's courageously! We expect have close to 400 attendees, as we have secured PHIL SHANE for the night's entertainment, and he draws quite a crowd. You DO NOT want to miss out!


Want to see YOUR logo on Gala communications?

We do too! We truly appreciate our 2019 Gala Sponsors (seen below in the photo slideshow), and all who have sponsored this wonderful event in prior years. You - or your company - will be an everyday hero for the students of St. John's Lutheran School when you sponsor or donate to the 28th Annual Gala & Auction. We have three levels of sponsorship - Title Sponsor, Platinum Sponsor, and Blue & Gold Sponsor - as well as the opportunity to sponsor a St. John's faculty or staff member. To become a valued 2020 Gala Sponsor, please contact St. John's Advancement Ministry, or sign up on the Gala website. We are thrilled to partner with you to support the students of St. John's! 

Click HERE for detailed sponsor opportunities.  Please note that there is a print deadline of February 1, 2020 for Title Sponsor logo to be included on the invitation. 


Item Donations

The Gala Committee is requesting donations for the silent and live auctions. Need ideas? How about entertainment or sporting event tickets, food experiences, vacation homes, day trip excursions, etc. No donation is too big or too small. The possibilities are endless! Please email advancement@stjohnsorange.org with any questions. To download donation forms, please see links above. Click HERE to donate online.


For more information, please contact St. John's Advancement Director, Betsy Kunau: bkunau@stjohnsorange.org

Annual gala & auction FAQs

What is the Gala & Auction?

28 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. In the past, money raised has supported various Fund-A-Need items benefiting STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math), 1:1 Apple product implementation, AppleTVs in classrooms, playground coverings and equipment, and so much more.



May I donate something for the Silent or Live Auction?

Yes please! Contact the Gala Committee above for donation and sponsorship information, or simply download the Sponsorship Form. 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 Committee.



How can I help?

We have opportunities to serve on 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 Gala Committee for more information.