2016 St. Alban's Gala
Sign up now to participate in St. Alban’s 2016 Gala Dinner and Auction
Saturday evening, April 16, 2016
Silent Auction and Reception at 6:00 in Nourse Hall , followed by Dinner in Satterlee Hall
Tickets and sign-ups to volunteer and donate to the auction will take place on Sundays (except Easter) in the Narthex.
Tickets will be available ($75 for dinner and auction, $35 for auction only) until the Gala sells out and are payable by cash or check before Sunday, April 10, 2016. Reserved seats that are not paid for by April 10 will be given to those on the waiting list. Angel tickets are available.
Child care for ages 3+ will be available with advance sign-up
The 2016 Gala and Auction will benefit four organizations working to support children and youth in some of the most troubled parts of our city and the world. We are excited to work with these four organizations which are doing so much to secure the future of our children and youth.
Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC: Tubman serves 575 prekindergarten through 5th grade students, many from homeless shelters and low-income housing. 99% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and the majority speak English as a second language. Your gift would help support intervention programs for struggling students and start a food pantry.
Hope and Resurrection School in South Sudan: In the world’s newest nation, torn by civil war and with an 80% illiteracy rate, Hope & Resurrection provides a safe haven and secondary education to 231 students. Your donation will support the salary of the girls’ dorm matron and English teacher and full scholarships for two girls.
St. Philip’s Child Development Center in Washington, DC. In the heart of DC’s poorest ward, St. Philip’s offers infant and toddler care and preschool to some of DC’s most disadvantaged children. You can help us provide uniforms for the preschool.
St. Saviour’s School in Jordan: An academically rigorous K-12 school serving 350 sighted and blind students, St. Saviour’s is located in a gritty industrial city whose economy has been eavily impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis. With your help, we will provide full scholarships for up to six students who would otherwise have to drop out because of their families’ loss of income and inability to pay school fees.
Thanks to the generosity endemic at St. Alban’s, you can count on a panoply of wonderful items available at the Silent Auction, many of which go for amazing prices! In addition, we are well on our way to offering a number of other opportunities for you to contribute to the Greater Good and perchance be awarded with fantastic prizes. So far you can anticipate:
Coming Soon -- Raffle
The Gala raffle is back by popular demand. Buying tickets will boost St. Alban’s support of our four designated organizations and will give you a chance to win one of two enticing prizes:
Brush Up Your Shakespeare: A gift certificate good for tickets to any play at The Shakespeare Theatre and another for dinner at any of Jose Andres’ near-by restaurants (Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya).
A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread . . You Supply the Thou: Gourmet Picnic Basket with all you’ll need for a special outdoor feast for two including a bottle of wine and a gift card to Wagshal’s deli.
Raffle tickets cost $5 apiece and will be sold in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.
Stayed tuned for additions, but we already have the following crowd pleaser for an after-dinner live auction:
Your own evening with The Silver Strings: You get to arrange a night of original, contemporary, and traditional folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, and swing music at a mutually agreed upon date and time at a venue of your choice. Up to 1.5 hours with Silver Strings: parishioner Paul Loether – guitar, bass, banjo, vocals; Pepper Watkins – guitar, bass, mandolin, vocals; Tom Carroll – guitar, vocals; Blount Stewart – harmonica, vocals; Richard Weil – guitar, vocals.
Your participation is needed to make the Gala a fun and fruitful event. There are opportunities for all, even if you can’t attend:
Donate an auction item* (Print out the Auction Donation form, attached here)
- Vacation homes
- Event and performance tickets
- Tours and adventures
- Works of art, especially by parishioners
- Personal and professional services
- Edible creations or premium wines
Approach merchants who may be happy to support our great cause. (A letter to use for this effort is attached here)
Lend a hand
- Sell tickets and sign up volunteers
- Greet and check in guests
- Set up for the event
- Tend bar during the auction or during the dinner
- Help in the kitchen
- Clean up afterward
- Donate canapés for the auction reception
Buy an angel ticket
- These enable the participation of parishioners unable to buy a ticket.
- They also cover the cost of hosting a leader from each beneficiary organization.
- Underwrite the cost of wine served at the auction and the dinner (several levels available)
- Make a donation toward event costs and maximize funds for our beneficiary organizations
*Auction donation forms must be submitted by March 27 (Easter Sunday) in order for items to be included in the auction catalogue.
Ken Patterson (202) 425-9005;
Katie Wilson (202) 244-0490;
Dudley Winthrop (202) 337-7548;
Gala committee members:
Sandy Kolb (202) 337-8635;
Abby Davis (202) 716-9545;