Dear Families:

As you know by now our annual fundraiser gala will be held on Saturday, March. 16. Last year’s event brought in more than $17K and quickly became the school’s main source of fundraising. This year we hope to raise more than $25K.

The success of the event depends not only on all of us buying tickets for ourselves and, if possible, friends and family, but also on the success of the silent auction.

To that point, we are writing to ask you to donate or solicit a donation for inclusion in this year’s auction.

If you don’t think you have anything people would bid for, consider asking a friend or family member who might. Also, if your child takes classes regularly anywhere, consider asking that organization to donate classes. Many will. We’re a creative community, so let’s be creative with our donations!

A sample of auction items from last year:
Weekends at upstate vacation homes
Dinner for 2 at local restaurants
VIP race days at Belmont Park
Personal Chess lessons

For more ideas, see the complete list of last year’s auction items, at

Attached is a letter for prospective donors to use as needed, and a donation form to be filled out and returned no later than February 15.

All donation forms must be COMPLETELY filled out and returned no later than February 15 for your item to be included. Also we ask that all donations have a monetary value of at least $50.

If you have any questions about donating items or services, please email Eliot Yaxley at

We are looking forward to making this gala even more successful than last year, but we need your help to make that happen. Please buy your tickets as soon as possible and start getting your donations forms in, so we can plan the best night possible.

Manyi, Martha and the Fundraising Committee