50th Anniversary Gala

50th Anniversary Gala

The plans for the 2017 50th Anniversary Gala are underway!  We hope to make this year’s celebration more special than ever.

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We hope you will make plans to join us for a spectacular evening on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. For our new families, this is our signature event for our 50th year and in the past, these galas have raised thousands of dollars for school projects! This is a fun-filled event (adults only) and one you don’t want to miss!  It will offer a silent and live auction, delicious cocktails and fabulous food and so much more.

This Gala will be THE event of the year that brings the entire RMS community together to celebrate our anniversary. As part of our commitment to continually improve what we know and can provide our children, we will be raising funds in order to provide facility and technology upgrades for the School as well as an enhanced library and research experience for RMS students. All proceeds from the live and silent auction will benefit this project.

To be successful, we need each and every family to help in one way or another.

Volunteer:  Join the 50th Anniversary Gala Committee – share your time, treasures and talent with us…there’s a lot to do! Contact Jenni in the Advancement Office at jbookerbaker@richmont.org for more information.

Donations: We are currently accepting donations from individuals and businesses. You can help by donating an item to be auctioned or perhaps by asking your place of business, relatives or friends for a donation. Everyone knows someone to ask!  Businesses are remarkably happy to donate- it is good advertising and a tax deduction for them! Use the attached request for Donation Letter to ask everyone you know to be involved and submit the Donation Form when you have received an item. We’ll send the donor a letter for a tax deduction and credit them in the Auction Catalog. See the attached list for donation suggestions.

Sponsorships: We provide opportunities to sponsor our entire 50th anniversary year with special benefits associated with the Gala. This is a perfect opportunity for your employer or your business to make a contribution to the event.  Event sponsors are prominently featured around the school, in different marketing vehicles and in the Auction Book at the event. See the Sponsorship/Advertising Form for sponsorship opportunities.

Class Projects: Our students will be taking part in the excitement of the gala by creating an auction item to donate. Each classroom and parent liaison will organize a gift that will be placed on our online auction.  This will give grandparents, friends, family and neighbors the opportunity to bid…even if they cannot attend the Gala.  And, the class projects will be a highlight of the evening’s live auction.

Advertise: Advertising is a great way to support RMS, recognize your child(ren), thank a special teacher and/or promote your business. All ads will be placed in the Auction Program as space allows. See the attached Sponsorship/Advertising Form for rates.

Attend: Attend the 50th Anniversary Gala and encourage others to attend. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE!

As you can see this is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of RMS’s history and celebrations and we hope you will join others in supporting our gala event.   We look forward to a memorable, fun and successful auction!

Special thanks to our 50th Anniversary Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

Happy 50th, RMS Family!

Important Forms
50th Anniversary Auction Donation Form
50th Anniversary Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities Form and Letter
50th Anniversary Sponsorship Solicitation Letter
50th Anniversary Auction Solicitation Letter

Gala Executive Committee
Amy Paisley, Co-Chair & Sponsorships Chair, acpaisley@gmail.com
Carli Nelson, Co-Chair & Auction Chair, carli@monumentalconsultingllc.com
Pinki Shah, Decorations & Logistics Chair, Pinki.n.shah@gmail.com
Jenni Booker Baker, Staff Lead, Director of Advancement, jbookerbaker@richmont.org

2016-17 Gala Committee
Heidi Alvarez
Michael Augone
Tim Barry
Chris Campbell
Erin Campbell
Vicki Haneberg
Matt Harris
Krista Cametas Jones
Gabriella Kaszala
Eric Kinney
Christine Lowry
Shealyn Milesh
Lia Mooney
Melissa Nelson
Jay Raju
Brie Starke
Ed Trageser
Ashley Warren
Zan Wick

Our school is fortunate to have so many families contribute to our auctions each year. Unique items, exciting weekend getaways, cool merchandise and valuable services – we love it all! Soliciting donations is a critical part of the auction; without auction items, we wouldn’t be able to have an event! Some previous items that RMS families have loved bidding on include:

• Personal services or instruction (catering, private chef, spa packages, kitchen and pool design, photography sessions, kids camps)
• Sports (tickets, getaways, box seats/suites, VIP offerings, golf packages, bicycles, lift tickets)
• Entertainment (theatre/ concert tickets, dinner packages, excursions)
• Art, Home Décor, Jewelry (Original pieces of art, home décor, interior design, fine jewelry)
• Vacations (vacation homes/condos/time-shares, airline miles, hotel / rental car certificates)
• Consumer Electronics (laptops, mp3 players, cameras, video games/systems, TV’s, home theatre)
• Themed baskets (Home décor, coffee/tea, International food, spa, children’s toys)

2-3 day hotel packages
Vacation homes
Airline Tickets / Frequent Flyer Miles
Skiing Weekends
Weekend in a major city
Disney vacation
Universal Studios
Sea World
Las Vegas Junkets
Wine Country
Deep Sea Fishing
Fly Fishing vacation
Golf Trip
Train Tickets
Week on a houseboat
Bed & Breakfast stay
Car Rental
Time Share
Golf in Ireland/Scotland
Tropical vacation

Ballgame with Lunch
Doll House
Outdoor Gym Set
Summer Sports Campus
Individual Lessons
Birthday Party Packages

Golf/Baseball Camp
Racing Lessons
Luxury Suite at Pro Game
Spring Training Package
Horse Events
Golf Foursome or Outing
Redskins Tickets
Sailing Trip
Boating Trip

Collectors Books & Coins
Estate Jewelry
Handmade art
Handmade accessories
Signed works of Art
Fine/Rare Wines

Pianist/Party entertainment
Home Décor Consultant
Private Cooking lessons
Catering for a party
Decorate home for holiday
Handyman for a day
Luxury Rental Car

Concert tickets
Play tickets
Symphony tickets
Movie tickets
Sunday Brunch

Shares of Stock
NCAA Final Four tickets
Date with a TV Personality
Lunch with a Celebrity
Autographed memorabilia
Walk-on in Movie/TV Show
Play in a band for a night
Golf with a PGA Pro
529 Account for College Tuition

Hand held games
Video Games
Home Theatre Systems
Cell Phones

Day Spa Gift Certificate
Aromatherapy Oils/Candles
Spa Robe/Slippers
Relaxing Music
Mother/Daughter makeover