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Cecilia Edwards and Merrily Calhoun have graciously agreed to chair the St. Mark's Gala in 2018. The committee is hard at work planning and will release details to our community as soon as possible. Save the date for Friday, April 20, 2018!


Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from the St. Mark’s Gala benefit special projects around campus. Funds from previous events have been earmarked for things like supplementing the Green for Green campaign for new turf, facility upgrades, keeping our campus secure, professional development, and our ongoing commitment to improving technology.

How will the auction work?

We will open our auction for bidding the week of the event. All parents can bid online, whether they attend or not. You must be present to bid on live auction items.

The BidPal system will text you when you have been outbid if you allow that feature. The auction will end at 10:00 PM that evening, and checkout is easy with Bidpal. You can email yourself a receipt through the app after the event has concluded.

How can I help?

We need lots of volunteers before, during, and after the event. If you are interested in helping with something specific, or want to get involved email Cecilia or Merrily.

When and where is the Gala?

The gala is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018 at the St. Regis Hotel, starting at 7:00 PM.

What should I wear?

Stay tuned for more information about our theme!

If I can't attend the Gala, can I still bid online?

Yes! You will receive a link to register on BidPal a week before the event. Bidpal is our online mobile bidding software. You can enter your payment information and bid from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. You must be present to bid on live auction items.

What if I want to donate an auction item?

We would love to work with you! We have an in-kind agreement form that you can fill out with your information. We can offer auction donors visibility on our online auction as well as in our printed materials. Thank you for considering this important part of our event.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Click here to email Lou Ellen Stansell.

Meet the Gala Chairs


Cecilia Edwards and Merrily Calhoun

Gala Committee Members

Coming Soon!


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