2018 Red Carpet Gala

Night at the Tropicana



A world of thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and guests!  Carrollwood Day School's 24th Annual Gala and Auction was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018. More than $240,000 was raised in sponsorships and auction bidding!  A NIGHT AT THE TROPICANA set new records on bidding for a number of the live auction items! 

2018 Auction Chairs

Thank you to our fabulous Gala Co-Chairs: Tsasha Facteau, Katie Morales and Rebecca Williams and their wonderful and tireless committee for making the magic happen! A special thank you to Terri Bernardi, Kim Troyer, and our room reps for so generously sharing their special talents.

Enjoy some memories from this fun-filled and exciting night.

Photography: Bee Kaye Photography  |  Music: B Two Music


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.

Become a Sponsor

TITLE SPONSOR - $10,000.00**

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

Thank You Gift - 10 Limited Tervis® Tumblers

Title Sponsor signage to be prominently displayed at the Gala

Your Company Name/Logo on our Limited Edition Tervis® Tumblers which are given to all sponsors as a gift

Your Company Name/Logo will appear on the header of our Invitation
and all Gala/Auction printed and on-line material 

Full Page Ad on the inside cover of the Gala Program

Title Sponsor banner to be prominently displayed at school

Thank you banner to be displayed on Bearss Avenue following the event


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

One Free Ticket for the “BLING” Drawing

Full Page Ad in the Gala Program*

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


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

Full Page Ad in the Gala Program*

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 Gala 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 Gala Program*

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


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*

** Advertising benefits available for Title Sponsorship are dependent on date of commitment.

*Deadline for inclusion in Gala Program is February 1, 2018.

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. 

Click here to submit artwork for ads.


We will have an amazing selection of items for this year's Live Auction!

Scott Robertson

What will you check off your bucket list at this year's Live Auction? Past high bidders have attended the Super Bowl, vacationed in Antigua, partied at a tailgate in a Million $ Marathon coach followed by a U-2 concert!  Here is a preview of just some of the spectacular items that will be up for bid at our Live Auction this year!




Tailgate on Marathon Coach & Kenny Chesney Concert

VIP Tailgate and Kenny Chesney Concert

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Start the evening of Saturday, April 21st with an out-of-this-world tailgate for 20 guests in a Million $ Marathon Coach with food, beverages, and staffing including a grill chef! 

Then enjoy ten (10) Sandbar tickets to Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour at Raymond James Stadium!

DONORS: The Schoellhorn Family and Middle School Families

Reserved Parking Space

Reserved Parking Spot on the Loop!

Imagine the luxury of having your

very own family parking spot on the main entrance loop!
You will always have a place to park just steps away from the Hayes Family
Gymnasium, the Wagner Athletic Complex, and the Theatre! No matter the
event - sporting events, theatre performances, school meetings, etc.
You'll never have to worry about finding a place to park!
Your parking spot will come with a personalized sign
and is valid for the 2018-2019 school year.
(Red carpet not included.)

Las Vegas Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

Run the Las Vegas Strip at night with the
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon.
A Vegas experience you won't regret or forget!
This High Roller Marathon/Half Marathon Weekend for two, November 10-11, 2018,  includes a two night stay at the world famous Bellagio Las Vegas Luxury Resort and Casino along with a dream VIP package.
  • Friday Night VIP Reception: Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres & live entertainment!
  • Start Line VIP Experience: Food & drinks, private restrooms, heaters, gear check & concert viewing!
  • Post Race Experience: Buffet, hosted bar, indoor restrooms, and massages!
  • You will also receive a VIP Gifts, Ground Transportation, and more!
  • Click here for all the details!

DONOR: The Facteau Family

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day Package
Win or Lose, this
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Day Package
can't be topped! 

You and three guests will enjoy four 50-Yard Line Club Level tickets, four pre-game field passes, four pirate ship passes and two parking passes to a home game of your choice during the 2018 Regular season.
Certain restrictions may apply.

DONORS:  Darcie and Joel Kassewitz

Super Bowl LIII Touchdown! 
This package is a major score for any NFL football lover.
It kicks off with 2 tickets to Super Bowl LIII at the stunning new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons, on February 3rd, 2019.
This bucket-list package includes a three-night stay
at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (February 1-4, 2019).

DONORS:  Darcie & Joel Kassewitz & Middle School & Upper School Families

Taylor Swift ConcertTaylor Swift's
Reputation Stadium Tour
August 14, 2018
Raymond James Stadium
Your party of six will be be chauffeured in style to American Social Bar & Restaurant for dinner and then off to Raymond James Stadium for Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.on Tuesday, August 14th at 7pm in Raymond James Stadium!  Seats are located in section 110, row CC, seats 19-24. (Gratuities not included.)

DONORS: American Social Bar & Restaurant and Upper School Families

Clearwater Beach

Enjoy a one week dream vacation in this beautiful 3000 square foot Clearwater Beach intercoastal townhouse featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, personal boat slip (up to 36 ft boat), rooftop patio, gourmet kitchen, parking and pool. This unit is located just a few short blocks from the gulf and the entertaining Pier 60 also within walking distance to all of the fun that Clearwater Beach has to offer. Valid June - September, based on availability. Saturday to Saturday stay. Some black-out dates may apply (specifically major holiday weekends). Sleeps up to 6 people.

Included in this incredible stay is a half-day fishing and/or diving excursion with Tampa Bay's top off shore fishing charter, 2 Shea Fishing Charters (www.fishanddivetampa.com). Captain T.J. and his team will pick up your party right behind the unit and take you for the trip of a life-time. Whether you like to fish by rod or spear, you and your group will bring back plenty of fresh fish to prepare to your liking.

Then, round out your week with a visit to see Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with four complimentary day tickets.

DONORS: The Wood Family, 2 Shea Fishing Charters, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Summer in Colorado

Enjoy a fabulous summer week in the Imperial Suite at Beaver Run resort in Breckenridge, a Colorado resort town.  This exclusive top-floor specialty suite has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and sleeps 10-14.   Walk out the door and climb the mountain!  Date based on availability.  A $500 American Express Gift Card is included to help with airfare and perhaps a mountain excursion!  Must be used during the summer season, June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018, based on availability.

DONORS: The Barkett Family and Upper School Families

Chris Jericho Cruise

Jump aboard Norwegian Jade aka The Ship of Jericho! 
Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea
Miami to Nassau, Bahamas
October 27-31, 2018!
This package entitles the winning bidder to a balcony cabin for two on the Chris Jericho Cruise sailing October 27-31, 2018 including all onboard concerts, all onboard meals at open seating dining areas, entrance to the ship hot spots (ie casino and disco), use of ship pools, water slides, health and fitness center, children's facilities (excluding babysitting), and prepaid port taxes and ticketing fees.
DONORS:  The Irvine 5 and Sixthman

Flemings Dinner
Five Course Dinner for Ten at Flemings
with Wine Pairings
Enjoy an exceptional dining experience for ten at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Your party will enjoy a special dinner featuring a perfectly prepared five-course menu and accompanied by hand-selected wines. Excludes gratuity; valid only at the Tampa location at 4322 Boy Scout Blvd.  Reservation date and time to be mutually agreed upon and subject to availability; must be used before December 1, 2018. Dinner may not be "divided" into separate dining occasions of fewer guests or sold/bartered to a third party. 
DONOR: Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Lightning Experience
How would you like to spend an electric night with the Tampa Bay Lightning?  Your evening will include (for a mutually agreed upon game next season): four lower level seats to watch the game, an opportunity to hit the lightning-throwing tesla coil during the game and a meet and greet with one of the Lightning players after the game!
DONORS: Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Principal for a Day Your elementary school child will be dazzled when he/she finds out you won the Lower School Head for a Day! This special day includes:
          speaking at morning opening, 
          attending faculty meetings,
          lunch with Mrs. Buscemi and three friends, and
          a special keepsake. 

Valid 2017-18 school year.  


US Parking Spot

Upper School Student Reserved Parking Spot

Your Upper School student will love having his or her own spot on the Upper School side of campus.  Valid for 2018-2019 school year.  For upcoming Juniors and Seniors only.








First in LIneElementary First in Line

Zoom to the front of the line and wait in your reserved space complete with a personalized sign!  Valid for the 2018-2019 school year.


2018 Fund-A-Need Project


What do a Raspberry Pi, a Wize Floor, a Jamboard, and a Glowforge Pro have in common? They are all tools of innovation, toys and technology that will help our students enjoy engaging lessons geared to develop the skill sets they need for their future lives. Students will design and innovate, collaborate and create using the newest and hottest gizmos and gadgets. Teachers will also be inspired by the opportunity for professional development as they integrate innovation into curriculum in a meaningful and fun way. Help your third grader learn Spanish in a VR environment, your middle schooler experience the ocean in an inflatable aquarium, your high schooler visit the Tampa Bay HackerSpace, and more by raising your paddle for this year’s Innovation Challenge Fund-A-Need.

Learn more about some of the cutting edge learning tools the Innovation Challenge will bring to CDS students:


On behalf of Carrollwood Day School, we would like to thank you for your support.  The success of our school and students is built on the support from our outstanding families, teachers and staff, alumni, and local businesses. We appreciate your efforts and hope you will continue to make a difference!

Planning for the 24th Annual Red Carpet Gala is under way!  A Night at the Tropicana promises to be a fun and exciting evening that will include dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle opportunities, and a few surprises!  There a many ways that you can help!

  • Come to the next planning committee meeting. Share your ideas and talents to make this our best gala ever! No experience necessary.  There are many ways to help - from stuffing envelopes to creating centerpieces! Can't make a meeting, but want to help... email auction@carrollwooddayschool.org and a committee member will contact you!
  • Be a sponsor!
  • Purchase tickets and attend A Night at the Tropicana!
  • Perhaps you can donate or help secure exciting items for our auctions. All donations will be recognized in our online auction catalog. Below are solicitation materials you can download and use to assist CDS accomplish its fundraising goals. 

Acquisition Letter:  This is designed to help you reach out to family, friends, and businesses.

Donor Form:  This is for items or services that you are able to donate or procure for the Gala.

Sponsorship Form: The tiered sponsorship opportunities provide advertising, special recognition, and depending on the level, complimentary admission to the Preview Party. Sponsorship of the Red Carpet Gala is a wonderful opportunity for professionals and businesses to 


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 an outdoor challenge course, a covered pavilion, and added a wealth of new technology for all divisions!


Enter our exciting drawings:

  • 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.

Send Your Teacher Packing
1 Ticket for $20   |   3 Tickets for $50

Teacher Packing Condo

Winner of the "Send Your Teacher Packing" drawing sends their favorite teacher on a weekend of fun and relaxation. The winning staff member will be heading to an Indian Rocks Beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath beach front condo with a large private porch and communal beachfront tiki huts. It can be a teacher, office administrator or facilities team member. The drawing will be held the evening of the auction.  

50/50 Split - Tuition Credit
1 Ticket for $50   |    3 Tickets for $100

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 2018-2019 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
1 Ticket for $50

Thanks to the generosity of Gold N Diamonds Tampa we are able to offer a stunning 14K white gold diamond necklace with approximately .75 carat total weight of diamonds. Only 100 chances will be available. Everyone who enters this drawing will receive a blinking bling bauble to wear at the gala. Chances are only $50 each! 

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