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2019 UnGala

An Annual Fundraising Tradition

The annual spring gala to support St. Mark’s Episcopal School is a time-honored tradition. We rely on community partners to help us advance our mission and provide the best educational environment for our children.

The generous gift of our leadership team, underwriters, sponsors, and donors strengthen our ability to advance our mission while reducing our annual operating costs.

In even years we hold a Gala, an evening event with a seated dinner and a band. In odd years, we hold the more casual UnGala, which takes place here on campus with hors d’ oeuvres and a full bar. Proceeds from the St. Mark’s Gala or UnGala benefit special projects around campus. Funds from previous events have been earmarked for things like facility upgrades, keeping our campus secure, professional development, and our ongoing commitment to improving technology.

2019 Leadership, Underwriters, and Sponsors

Thanks to these rad UnGala supporters!

Gala Leadership Team

Julie Kinzelman and Christopher Tribble
Gala Chairs

Marin Kelling
Auction Chairs

Stasa and Michael Cushman
Decor Chairs

Cathy and David Crabtree
Entertainment Chairs

UnGala Committee

Yuemi An-Grogan  Elizabeth Love 
Stacia Currier Rebecca Martin 
Ali Dodson Rebecca Massey 
Gury and Pratik Doshi Allison and Patrick Miller
Yasmine Gibellini Gio Mojica 
Fiona Gilmour Gabriela Olivero
Elizabeth Glenn  Bethany and Chad Pedley
Laila Kahkeshani Katie Van Immerzeel and Brandon Anderson
Emily Large Marisa Zapata
Melanie Lowther   



Can't Touch This Underwriters
The Crabtree Family
The Freeman, Fitzpatrick, and Glover Families
K Renee Salon
Julie Kinzelman and Christopher Tribble / Marin Kelling

Don't Stop Believing Underwriters
Gury and Pratik Doshi
Suzanne and John Hays
Rebecca and Lawson Massey
Bethany and Chad Pedley

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party Underwriters
Sarah and Bob Amato
Bevin and Michael Barrett
Jennifer and Ryan Cassens
Kourtney and Vijay D'Cruz
Dacia and Robert Gonzales
John Grubb Attorney, PLLC
Edu Center / Bruce Holzband
Rebecca and Chris Martin
Enrie and John Merrell

Pour Some Sugar On Me - Teacher Ticket Underwriters
The Gibellini Family

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Bar Underwriters
Katie Van Immerzeel and Brandon Anderson

Too Legit to Quit Photography Underwriters
Aniko Sabo and Richard Willson

Auction Donors

A.D. Players
Abejas Boutique
Adair Concepts
Alley Theatre
Amcap Mortgage
American Shooting Centers
Amore Reflexology
Anderson Eye, PLLC
Arturo Boada Cuisine
Ashley Cakes
At-Home Tutoring Services
Avenu Fitness
Danielle Batchelor
Barry's Pizza and Italian Diner
Beautique Day Spa & Salon
BIG Power Yoga
Bike Barn
Boost Pilates
Bradley's Art & Frame
Brandon Lack Studio
BreakAway Speed
Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Group
Camp Allen
Camp Olympia
Camp Stewart & Heart O' the Hills
Carabbas Original
Central Market
Channing Fit
Children's Museum of Houston
Chrysalis Spa
Confectionary Home
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Crave Cupcakes
Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics
Define Bellaire
Divino Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Dr. Karisha Madden
Dr. Phan Huynh
Emily Large Photography
Event Yard Greetings
Fajita Pete's
Fig Tree Accessories
Fiona Gilmour Real Estate
Freedom Supercars
French Cuff
Future Allstars
Glow Medical Aesthetics
Golden Paws
Goode Company
Hamilton Shirts
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Hoffman Haus
Honest to Goodness Health
Hotel Zaza
Houston Astros
Houston Dynamo
Houston Orthodontic Specialists
Houston Symphony
Hungry's Cafe Rice Village
J. Mark Price Reading & Writing Workshop, LLC
Java Pura Coffee Roasters
Jill Reno Collection
John K. Grubb & Assoc., Attorneys at Law
Julizza Gomez Portraits
Kai Salon Spa
Kevin James McCrea Photography
Krav Maga Houston
LipSense / BriAnne Dillard

Ma Shute
Main Street Theater
Margaret's Portraits
Mariquita Masterson
MIA Plastic Surgery
Michael Martinez Fine Portraits
Michael's Cookie Jar
Molasses Candy Paper Design Studio
Molina's Cantina
Moss Landscaping
Mostly Chocolate
Nice Winery
Pappas Restaurants
Bethany Pedley
Pivot Point Advisors
Pointer Wingshooting
Premier Aesthetics
Primp and Blow
Pure Barre West University
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, LLC
Rice University
River Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Robin Jackson Photography
Rodan + Fields / Holly Kinahan
Rodan + Fields / Rebecca Martin
S. Bell Designs
Saint Bernard
Saint Street Swim
Sakowitz Furs
Select Title
Smart in the Kitchen
Smart Meals
Soccer Shots
SOK Salon
St. Mark's Episcopal School
St. Regis Houston
Tapester's Grill
The Aldridge / Wolfe / Kirk Family
The Avila Family
The Briar Club
The Choi Family
The Fitzpatrick Family
The Freeman Family
The Hatfield Family
The Jen Collection
The Kinzelman / Tribble Family
The Lark Shop
The Little Gym
The Mad Potter
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Original Ninfas on Navigation
The Palm Restaurant
The Pearson Family
The Rustic
The Rustic Brush
The Rustic Brush
The Tribble Family
The Village + Pet Resort
They Named Her John
Thompson + Hanson
Tree House Arts + Crafts
Urban Air Sugarland
Vivaldi Music Academy
West University Dance Centre
West University Police Department
Write for the Occasion
Zadok Jewelers


Did You Hear Our Big News?

At the 2019 UnGala, we announced a big project coming to the St. Mark's campus! We invite you to watch the video and consider joining us in this exciting initiative!

Interested in participating in this project? It's easy to make a donation online!

Gala 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 our Gala chairs!

There are many ways that you can help:

  • Volunteer in a leadership position
  • Consider the underwriting levels
  • Sponsorship opportunities (bar or tickets for teachers)
  • Financially contribute towards the Fund In Need

When and where is the gala?

The gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at St. Mark's Episcopal School, starting at 7:00 PM.

What should I wear?

Dress code: Totally Tubular 80s Attire!

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

Yes! Our auction is hosted online through BidPal, and the auction opens one 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.

How can I 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.

Thanks for a Great UnGala!

We had an awesome time at this year's Throwback to the 80's UnGala! Special thanks to our Gala Chairs, Gala Committee, Underwriters, and Auction Donors, who made this event such a success. We still have several items available in our online auction, and it's not too late to Make a Donation or Bid Online Here!

Meet the Gala Chairs

Contact Us

Lou Ellen Stansell

Lou Ellen Stansell

Director of Development
Avery Blackwell

Avery Blackwell

Advancement Associate