Red Carpet Gala

Mission: Possible

 

Carrollwood Day School's biggest party and fundraising event of the year is the Red Carpet Gala! This year's event is CDS's 23rd annual gala and auction and will be on Friday, March 3, 2017! Enjoy a festive celebration featuring delectable food and drink, fabulous auction items, and spirited revelry. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary drink as you place your bids during the silent auction. You won't want to miss the three-course, sit-down dinner and our exciting live auction. Remember your dancing shoes and wear your favorite party attire.

Anything is possible at this year's Gala! You can be the lucky highest bidder on tickets to Super Bowl LII or see Shawn Mendes Illuminate World Tour! Enjoy a family vacation in a luxury condo in Colorado, go deep sea fishing while staying at a Clearwater Beach condo, or walk the Freedom Train in Boston! How about an ultimate tailgate party in a Million Dollar Luxury Coach? Are you an aspiring athlete or the parent of a future all star? You'll want to bid on personal training sessions with Yo, performance coach for professional athletes..., or a signed bat and private hitting lesson with baseball great, Alfonso Soriano..., or a birthday party for 10 with a football clinic led by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Alex Smith and Mark Jones! These items and more will be available to bid on in our silent and live auctions. Don't miss out... get your tickets now! 

Tickets are $100/person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

RSVP TODAY!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The generous support of sponsors allows us to offset the expenses required to conduct this event and adds to the financial benefits generated for our students. All money raised at the Auction benefits all of our students and provides funding for programs and resources to further enrich the distinctive educational experience offered at CDS.

All sponsors receive tickets to the event, recognition in the Event Night Program and on the school website, and a limited edition Tervis® Tumbler thank you gift!  Depending on the level, there are additional benefits.

SPONSORSHIP FORM   |  ONLINE SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION

PLATINUM SPONSOR - $2,500.00

Four tickets to the Event  |  VIP Early Access to Silent Auction Bidding
Thank You Gift – Two Limited Edition Tervis® Tumblers

One Free Ticket for the Pick Your Prize Raffle

One Free Ticket for the “BLING” Drawing

Full Page Ad in the Auction Program*

FREE Valet Parking for one vehicle

Sponsorship Recognition in Gala Program, School’s Website, and at the Event

ONYX SPONSOR - $1,000.00

Four Tickets to the Event  |  VIP Early Access to Silent Auction Bidding

Thank You Gift – Two Limited Edition Tervis® Tumblers

One Free Ticket for the “BLING” Drawing

Half-Page Ad in the Auction Program*

Sponsorship Recognition in Gala Program, School’s Website, and at the Event

RUBY SPONSOR - $500.00

Two Tickets to the Event  |  VIP Early Access to Silent Auction Bidding

Thank You Gift – One Limited Edition Tervis® Tumbler

Quarter-Page Ad in the Auction Program*

Sponsorship Recognition in Gala Program, School’s Website, and at the Event

PEARL SPONSOR - $250.00

Two Tickets to the Event

Thank You Gift – One Limited Edition Tervis® Tumbler

Sponsorship Recognition in Gala Program, School’s Website, and at the Event*


*Deadline for inclusion in Gala Program is January 27, 2017.

Full Page Ad: 5” wide x 8” high

Half-Page Ad: 5” wide x 4” high

Quarter-Page Ad: 5” wide x 2” high – or – 2½” wide x 4” high 


Carrollwood Day School is a not-for-profit organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

Our federal tax ID # is 31-1581952. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 


AUCTIONS

The Annual Gala & Auction is the major fundraising event of the year and the fundraising component is an auction of fabulous gifts and experiences. Each year CDS will host three separate auction experiences!

  • Online Auction
    Prior to the Gala, CDS will open its online auction!  ALL CDS families have the opportunity to bid online for the items selected for this pre-auction bidding. This auction will close prior to the night of the gala and auction. Winners of online items will be notified by email.
  • Silent Auction
    The silent auction will feature an array of one-of-a-kind and other irresistible items, including the fabulous class baskets!  
  • Live Auction
    Our acquisition team collects incredible items to feature during the live auction portion of the evening. We are very pleased to welcome back Scott Robertson, as our auctioneer this year.
    The live auction will once again include these fast-paced fun and popular features:
    • Bidding Frenzy: Restaurant gift cards are auctioned off for face value as quickly as you can raise your paddle! Ready, set, BID!
    • Fund-a-Need: Every bidder is guaranteed to be a winner with Fund-a-Need. Each year the school identifies a specific area of need for the “Fund-a-Need” part of the auction. During "Fund-a-Need" the room is filled with high energy bidding as everyone has a chance to raise their paddle at their desired bid level. In recent years "Fund-a-Need" has raised money to build a new gym and add a wealth of new technology for all divisions!

LIVE AUCTION LINE UP

Scott Robertson


We have an amazing selection of items for this year's Live Auction!
What will you check off your bucket list at this year's Live Auction? Perhaps, a weekend getaway at the luxury Lotte New York Palace hotel and orchestra level tickets to Hamilton on Broadway! Think that’s interesting?

Check out all of our  Live Auction items here!
You can take home a live auction item even if you are not able to attend the Gala! One lucky family will win one of our fantastic Live Auction items worth thousands of dollars for just $100! Here’s how. Purchase a “Pick Your Prize” ticket for $100 and choose one item you would like to win from the list of our live auction items. Too hard to choose just one? You can purchase as many tickets as you wish! The winning ticket will be drawn before the start of the live auction and that item will be withdrawn from the live auction.  (The drawing will take place just before the Live Auction; winner does not need to be present.)

FUND-A-NEED

Watch for this year's project! 

One of the most memorable moments at each year's live auction is the excitement of the Fund-a-Need paddle raise. Over the past six years, our auction Fund-a-Need has raised nearly $1,500,000 making it possible for CDS to make ambitious and amazing improvements to both campuses including construction of our much-loved natural playground at the Early Childhood Campus, new gym on the Bearss Avenue campus, and the Challenge Course for elementary students that is being installed this month!

 

This year's Fund-A-Need project is TOP SECRET and will be revealed at the Red Carpet Gala - MISSION: POSSIBLE!

TOP SECRET

GREAT DRAWINGS

Each year we have exciting drawings for everyone to enter! Favorites have included:

  • Pick Your Prize
  • Send Your Teacher Packing
  • 50/50 Split - Tuition Credit 
  • Bling! Drawing

You do not need to be present to win any of these drawings!  Tickets can be purchased before the event and at the Gala.

Pick Your Prize
$100 each (at least 50 tickets must be sold)

Imagine taking home one of our fantastic Live Auction items worth thousands of dollars for just $100!  Here’s how: When you purchase a “Pick Your Prize” ticket, choose one item you would like to win from the list of all our live auction items. Too hard to choose just one? You can purchase as many tickets as you wish! The winning ticket will be drawn before the start of the live auction and that item will be withdrawn from the live auction. The “Pick Your Prize” drawing will be held only if a minimum number of tickets are sold. The Super Bowl LII and VIP Tailgate/U2 packages are not included in the Pick Your Prize drawing.

Last year's Pick Your Prize winner took home a "Royal Treatment" package for four lucky girls. This package included an up-do, manicure, pedicure, make-up and dinner before the Father-Daughter Dance. A limo will pick them up at school and will take them in style to the salon, restaurant and the dance!

Pick Your Prize tickets can be purchased online and at the Gala.

Send Your Teacher Packing

Winner of the "Send Your Teacher Packing" drawing sends their favorite teacher on a weekend of fun and relaxation. Purchase a ticket in the name of your favorite CDS Staff Member.  It can be a teacher, office administrator or facilities team member.  

50/50 Split - Tuition Credit

This is your opportunity to receive up to $5,000 off your next year's tuition bill! The winner of this drawing will split the pot 50/50 with CDS.  Winnings will be given as a 2017-2018 tuition credit. The maximum prize value is $5,000*.  

*If the pot exceeds $10,000, winner will receive $5,000 and CDS will retain the remaining balance.

Bling Drawing

Thanks to the generosity of International Diamond Center we have been able to offer a stunning piece of jewelry valued at thousands of dollars. Only 100 chances are available. Everyone who entered this drawing received a blinking bling bauble to wear at the gala. 



2016 BLACK & WHITE GALA

 

 

THANK YOU to Carrollwood Day School's families and friends for once again
making the Annual Gala and Auction on March 5, 2016  a dazzling success! 


The more than 350 guests enjoyed an elegant black and white setting, amazing auction items, delicious dinner, music, and dancing. More than 100 silent auction items were offered via electronic bidding, and among the live auction items were bucket list experiences for adults and kids to attend Super Bowl LI, be principal for a day, or be an honorary ball kid at a Rays game; summer fun in penthouse condos in Breckenridge Colorado and Clearwater Beach; and dining experiences for every palate.

Thank you to our fabulous Gala Co-Chairs: Tara Cowden and Ann Parker and their wonderful and tireless committee for making the magic happen! A special thank you to Terri Bernardi, Kim Troyer, Jennifer Weinman, and our room reps for so generously sharing their special talents and to Trish Brynjolfsson, Charlene Bleakley, and Judith Henkin for the elegant centerpieces. And, of course, a world of thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and guests!  

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