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A NIGHT OF MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE 

 SATURDAY April 13, 2024

You are cordially invited to join our annual Masquerade Gala for a night of mystery and intrigue. 

Wear your most extravagant evening gown, dress to the nines in suit and tie or something fancy from your closet for a night of great music, dancing, food, and open bar. Enter the fashion show and strut your stuff down the runway to show off your outfits and win a prize for Best-Dressed and Most Creative! We have performers, student art gallery, and live auctions to keep you intrigued and delighted all night.

 

Last year, we raised money to support student and staff wellness. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts program at The Village School. You might even be the lucky winner to snag coveted auction items such as First in Carpool, VIP Parking, Head of School for the Day, just to name a few! Shhh...there's also a thrilling mystery live auction item that's never been offered before and you need to be present to bid on!

Ticket price is $200 per person including sumptuous fine food & open bar, special guest appearance from Magician Ben Jackson, and an experience you will never forget.

Our gala is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the transformative power of the arts. You won't want to miss this one!

Tickets are $200 (limited availability). Purchase TODAY!

 

WHEN

Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 7:00 pm

DRESS

Extravagant and flamboyant, don’t be shy, with your evening gown, dress suit and tie. Find a mask and wear it well, so your identity none can tell. 

ADDRESS

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City

9787 Katy Freeway

Houston, TX 77024

 

PARKING

Complimentary Valet Parking

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Gala Donations & Sponsorships

How can you support the Gala? 

1. DONATE silent auction items by providing tangible products, services, or gift certificates. Some examples are vacation houses,  wine baskets, goodie baskets, salon gift certificates, just to name a few. 

 

 

2. Become a SPONSOR and make a monetary donation. Many companies also provide company matching so you can double the impact of your monetary sponsorship. 

If you need assistance or have further questions, please contact Kim Healy at kim.healy@thevillageschool.com

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The fair market value for this event is $200 per ticket. Your contribution

is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. 

The Gala FAQs

What is the mission and purpose of the 2024 Village School Gala?

The mission of this year’s Annual Gala is to raise funds to provide financial support to the Visual and Performing Arts Program at The Village School. Our goal is to raise $50,000 which will support high-quality fine arts education that extends beyond the classroom by providing opportunities, experiences, and resources including funding masterclasses,  competitions, and travel costs. 

 

What is the Gala?

The Gala is an adults-only party that offers the entire community a chance to come together and celebrate the school in a fun and festive atmosphere. There will be dancing, entertainment by Magician Ben Jackson, open bar, student art gallery, fashion show and best-dressed contest, and a chance to raise money for the school via online and live auctions. A week prior to the event, you can preview the silent auction items and bid ONLINE for items such as memorabilia, class projects, wine baskets, campus store swag, name the MS and ES driveway, and even coveted items such as VIP Parking Spot, Front Row Seats at Graduation, and many more. Our LIVE auction items are available for bidders physically present at the event and include First in Line at Carpool, Director of the Day, Head of School for the Day, just to name a few, and a mystery auction item never before offered!

 

What is a Silent Auction and what does it do?

A silent auction gives Village school families and friends the opportunity to actively participate in supporting Village and maybe even make an exciting purchase - all online as well as in person. Items are donated and the full purchase amount goes straight to the designated beneficiary – this year the Fine Arts program.

 

How does it work?  You will register to bid when the auction opens April 1st and can participate from wherever you are – even if you are not able to attend the Gala. A credit card will be placed on file and when you “win” the item(s), you will be charged. 

Why do we have to purchase Gala tickets?

The cost of the tickets pay for expenses such as the venue rental, food and beverage, entertainment, photo booth, and decorations. 

Why does The Village School have a Gala?

Proceeds from the Gala benefit “nice extras” as well as necessary resources that are not covered in your tuition. Funds from previous events have been earmarked for things like purchasing items to support student and staff wellness such as gaga pits on the MS and ES campuses, a new outdoor basketball goal and putting green on the HS campus, and the teacher’s workrooms receiving massage chairs. 

 

This year we will direct all proceeds to benefit Fine Arts (choir, band, orchestra, theater, dance, comedy sportz, and the visual arts (2D/3D/Digital/Media). This could fund special guest artists for theater, dance and music classes, travel fees, and tournament costs, which directly benefits our children and staff. These funds are needed as these are above and beyond the tuition…think of this as the fun sprinkles on a cupcake – making everything just a bit better!

 

I cannot attend but want to support the Fine Arts program.

You can still support the Fine Arts program by donating an auction item, becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets to sponsor a teacher, or bidding in the online silent auction. 

What are the benefits of donating or becoming a sponsor?

The Village School Enrichment Organization (VSEO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt charitable corporation under IRS rules. EIN Tax ID Number 93-1897524. You will receive a tax deduction by donating and also enjoy the numerous benefits that come with “partnering” with Village, including (and dependent on level), event tickets, special recognition in event materials, and acknowledgement of your support through other Village School marketing and social media. By becoming a sponsor, you are making a direct impact on students at The Village School and providing them invaluable opportunities and experiences that would not otherwise be covered in their tuition.

 

What do I wear?

The Gala theme for 2024 is “Masquerade Ball” so either dress “fancy” or go all out in your own disguise. You probably already have an outfit in your closet, and we will have simple masquerade masks available for those who do not want to purchase their own ahead of time. 

 

Sounds FUN!  How do I buy tickets?

Buy tickets HERE! Tickets are $200 which pays for the venue rental, food and beverage, entertainment, photo booth, and decorations. 

 

Can my friends and I sit together?

YES! We will have options for you to select who you want to sit with. Each table can accommodate 10 people.

 

I don’t really know anyone, can I still come?

YES! We will have options for you to select when you purchase your ticket to sit with your child's grade level. You must make selection on the form. 

Do teachers attend the Gala?

YES! Teachers are encouraged to attend and many of the Leadership Team will also be in attendance. You can even purchase tickets and sponsor a teacher. 

Who can I contact for questions regarding the Gala?

You can email Kim Healy at kim.healy@thevillageschool.com

More than magic

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Whether it’s demonstrating elegant sleight-of-hand at private parties or keeping audiences captivated as the master of ceremonies, Ben Jackson uses his fresh perspective and creative skills to make every event unforgettable. International corporations contact Ben to spice up meetings, generate buzz at a trade show booth, or to provide customized entertainment tailored to each client’s needs. After over 15 years of experience in the world of corporate entertainment, the vast majority of Ben’s business is still generated by favorable word-of-mouth and repeat bookings.

Ben has been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show with David Copperfield, at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, on the pages of Houston Modern Luxury magazine and the book Magic’s Most Amazing Stories. He used his skills to surprise America on Candid Camera and is a repeat guest on Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan. Ben also produces and performs his one-man show, Magic, Music, & Mayhem, inside the Bayou City’s premier haven of luxury, Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

In 2012, Ben competed at the Society of American Magicians’ National Close-up Magic Competition at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, NV. He won 1st place, the People’s Choice Award, and the coveted Medal of Merit – an honor that has only been awarded 7 times since 1902. With an early and unprecedented “triple win” from the oldest and most prestigious magic society, Ben Jackson quickly took the entertainment world by storm.

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Masquerade Gala Style Guide

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