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Kristin Horn, Gala Chair,
invites you to save the date for the

St. Mark's Episcopal School

6:30 - 8:30 PM



Thank You to Our Generous Underwriters:

Teacher Ticket Underwriters
Bar Underwriters
Covington Custom Builders
Mint Julep Table Underwriters
Ron and Dana Bankston
Anne and Shawn Cleary
Run for the Roses Level
Joanie and David Andrews
Ryan and Jennifer Cassens
Cathy and David Crabtree
Kelli and Joe Gallegos / Sheryl Gussett and Phil Watts
Julie and Rob McGarr
Donna and Mike McGinnis
Mary Healy and Paul O'Sullivan / Kathy and Jeff Vrabec
Allison Piper Wall
Valerie and David Rice
Big Hat and Bow Ties Sponsors
Michelle and Michael Bollinger
Kari and Kevin Brophy
Jessica and Gregory Cortez
Robert and Jane Durden
Margaret and Tanner Franks
Jennifer Finch and Hank Fuselier
Carrie and Tim Gillette
Cathy and David Herr
Kristin and Robert Horn
Mark and Amy Melton
Winnie and Ben Powell
Leslie and Ed Royer
Stephanie and William Young

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.  Since our event will be over at that time, item pick-up will be available beginning on Monday, April 24!

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 Kristin Horn!

When and where is the Gala?

The gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Mark's from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

What should I wear?

Big hats and bow ties are optional for this year's Derby-themed soiree.  The UnGala year offers parents the flexibility to go all out or come as they are.

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.

What is a wine pull?

Parents and friends have donated bottles to our event that are all worth $30 or more.  These bottles are catalogued and numbered for our event.  Participants in this pull will make a suggested donation of $30 and pull a bottle randomly from our display.  Lucky winners in this event may walk away with fabulous bottles worth much more than $30 from the private cellars of our families. 

This year, we have a lot of fun events supporting the Wine Pull!

Wine Pull Wednesdays: On Wednesdays, the UnGala Chairs will be accepting wine donations in the morning carpool line. Drop off your $30 minimum bottle as you swing through carpool!

Wine Pull Play Date: Your UnGala Chairs are hosting a play date at the brand new Levy Park, located at 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098 on Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. We will provide donuts, coffee, and milk for all who attend. Come enjoy one of Houston's newest parks and bring a bottle of wine valued at $30 or more to support St. Mark's!

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Our gala chair would be more than happy to help you. 

Click here to email Kristin Horn.

Meet the Gala Chair
Gala Committee Members

Jeannine Merrill
Auction Chair & Wine Pull
Maya Fleyhan
Décor Chair
Marisa Zapata
Sarah Amato
Student Art Chair
Gala Committee
Jennifer Anderson
Jessica Cortez
Jennifer Ducey
Sara Elkins
Maya Fleyhan
Elizabeth Hatfield
Cathy Herr
Natasha Hill
Vicky Jean-Ali
Rele Jimoh
Marin Kelling
Emily Large
Amy Scaff  
Hilary Suzawa
Special Thanks
Margaret Alvarez

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