Support the fundraising goal even before we get to the night of the event! The goal of the Gala committee is to have the costs of the event covered by underwriting so that every dollar spent at the Gala goes straight to the school’s general fund.
There are underwriting opportunities at many different levels. Please contact
Angela Wade Ferguson in HC Development or click
to view the Sponsorships form
Coordinate with your HC friends and buy a table! Purchasing a table guarantees a seat with guests you choose (or we can help you in filling out that table; just let us know). You can also invite colleagues and friends who would enjoy the Gala or who may be considering HC for their own future student. Individual tickets (pp) will be available for purchase for $250 starting March 1st.
To have an auction, there must be auction items. Popular items include vacation homes, sporting event/concert/theatre tickets, autographed memorabilia, airline tickets, restaurant gift cards, and jewelry…. just to name a few. Need help with ideas? Look for a signup genius to make things easier (coming out in HC communications in December).
- Live Auction Items: Do you have a vacation home, airline tickets, or theater tickets? Help us put together a great package that would bring families together to support HC!
- Group Gift: Collaborating with other families on a group gift is a wonderful way to participate. Consider putting together a trip, a collection of fine wines, or a night on the town – there is no limit to the imagination.
The Wine Cellar, The Wine Toss (two different items), and the Whiskey Wall
For further information about donations, please contact
Angela Wade Ferguson; for specific item valuation questions, please view FAQs about item Valuations.
Donate a bottle or more of wine/whiskey/scotch or bourbon, or make a monetary donation. We also have a registry located at Specs (Queensbury Rd off BW8) where you can call in and place a credit card order for various priced bottles that will be collected by the Gala committee. Coordinate with Angela Wade Ferguson
to drop off your wine at HC. If you prefer, you can make a monetary donation, and all donations will be pooled together, and a wine expert will select the wines.
FYI: The Wine Cellar is a collection of wine valued at $50+ that goes into the live auction – there are usually more than 50 bottles (instant Wine Cellar). The Wine Toss/Whiskey Wall (two different games) is a collection of wine valued at $30-$50 and whiskey (higher valued), where guests can play a fun game and win as many bottles as possible as they want or can.
The Fellowship/Sign-up Parties greatly contribute to our core value of building community. Individuals or groups host an event for students, parents, faculty, or a combination. During the Silent Auction and pre-Gala, guests can buy attendance to the Sign-up party at a predetermined price (this is another great way to be involved if you cannot attend the night-of event). The price paid per guest to attend such a party is a direct donation to the school. The host(s) is(are) responsible for underwriting the complete cost of their event, and it is tax-deductible. Examples include a back-to-school brunch with mimosas for moms, an Ice-cream party at the school for students, etc.
The Gala is community building, not just because it is a night to come together to celebrate our school, but also because parents work together all year, in different capacities, to prepare. There are a variety of volunteer jobs, and we are grateful for your help! Let us know if you have time to take on a significant role. If you have an hour or two to help, your time is valuable to us, too! To volunteer, contact
this year’s co-chair, Julia Florey.