Dear King School community,
It likely will not come as a surprise that we have decided to postpone the in-person part of the King School Gala, scheduled for April 18, 2020 -- likely to Spring 2021. This decision is in the best interest of our families, gala attendees, vendors, and the entire King community.
The good news is that in this digital age, we will still hold our community auction online! The date will be announced soon.
Our mission to raise funds for King’s tuition access program remains crucial, and with your help, we will do just that. We continually seek to make a King education accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds; some of our families can afford a small percentage of the full tuition, while others can pay the majority of tuition. Your generous contributions to our online auction will strengthen King by increasing the diversity of our community, which enriches the learning experience for all students. You’ll love the valuable and one-of-a-King auction items that have been donated by our community -- stay tuned for all the details!
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, ticket holders, donors, and volunteers for the wonderful and generous ways that you have partnered together to support the Gala already this year. Based on the change in the Gala schedule, information on how the logistics will be handled is described below. We thank you in advance for your strong support of the online auction -- more details coming soon!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions about the change in the Gala schedule and how it may affect you? Please see the following information:
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY GALA TICKET?
If you have already purchased a ticket for April 18, you can either generously turn it into a 100% tax-deductible donation in support of tuition access, or we are happy to refund it to you. A gala representative will reach out to you directly soon.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT MY GALA DONATION (SILENT AUCTION, ETC.)?
Your donation will be auctioned off in the upcoming online auction, or kept for the rescheduled gala event. If your donation was time-sensitive, a gala representative will reach out to you directly soon.
IF I PROVIDED A PROGRAM JOURNAL AD FOR THE GALA, WILL IT CARRY OVER?
Yes, your program journal ad will automatically be applied to the rescheduled gala. Thank you!
HOW CAN I BID ON THE AUCTION?
Information will be available soon about the online Silent and Spirit Auction. This will be a great opportunity for you to bid on some incredible items and experiences in support of King School’s financial access program.
WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Please contact our Director of Engagement and Events, Caitlin Halle.
What The King Gala Supports
Your support of the King Gala provides critical funding for financial access to King’s education, a Parents’ Association Endowed Scholarship, and projects that are vital to the mission of our school.
- King is committed to building a talented and diverse student body. Tuition access - both immediate use and endowed - is the key to enriching and strengthening our school through socio-economic diversity.
- In addition, the Gala will help to fund the construction of a large multi-field complex in the middle of King’s campus which will be used by every student at King for many generations to come.
Financial Access: Throughout King School’s history, we have sought to enroll the most capable and talented students. We seek to make an independent school education attainable for families from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Some of our families can afford a small percentage of the full tuition, while others can pay the majority of tuition. Our goal is to strengthen our community by making it possible for great students to attend our exceptional school. A portion of the proceeds from the Gala will
be used to offer this access for deserving families in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.
Endowment: An endowment is an intentional, sustainable, and future-oriented source of funding in which contributions are invested to generate a reliable stream of income. Each year, a portion of the value of each fund is paid out in support of its purpose. Building the School’s endowment is always an important and ongoing element of maintaining and ensuring the School’s stable financial footing. A portion of the Gala proceeds will be invested in the Parents’ Association Endowed Fund, which supports scholarships for multiple deserving students every year.
Projects Vital to the Mission: Currently, King School is embarking on an initiative to transform our middle fields. The redesigned and turfed middle fields complex at King will provide greater access to enhanced playing surfaces and a state-of-the-art facility for all levels of athletes as well as all King students. Construction is targeted to begin in June 2020. A portion of the Gala proceeds will be used to help King achieve the $4.5M project goal.