a co-ed, independent, inclusion school for grades k-12

The 16th Annual IDEAL G.A.L.A.

Graphic with Gala information, photo of students singing on a stage




Although we are not able to gather together as a community for our Annual Gala this year, we can gather safely in smaller groups to celebrate and raise critical funds to support the mission of The IDEAL School. 

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, IDEAL’s leadership, faculty, and staff did not shrink from embracing our mission this year. In fact, the school opened its doors in September for a hybrid model of instruction. Since the fall, IDEAL has provided in-person instruction four days a week for students, while also offering virtual learning for those families with health or other serious concerns that prevented a return to in-person learning.

The unyielding dedication, innovation, and resilience of our own frontline heroes--IDEAL’s faculty and staff--have made this hybrid model not only possible but successful. Please join us on May 13 to celebrate IDEAL’s frontline heroes by curating an outside or in-home gathering that makes the most sense for you. You can attend the event free of charge.

The G.A.L.A. Program

  • 5-5:30 PM--Get-together with IDEAL Head of School Janet Wolfe, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, and students
  • 5:30-6 PM--Presentations from The IDEAL School of Manhattan
    • President of the Board of Trustees, Jay Eisenhofer
    • Head of School Janet Wolfe
    • Messages from the Class of 2021
    • Music videos featuring Lower and Upper School performances
    • G.A.L.A. raffle prize drawing
  • 6-7:30 PM--Oyster Shucking + Wine Pairing Demonstration

Oyster Shucking + Wine pairing

The G.A.L.A. virtual oyster shucking class will be hosted by our friends at De Gustibus Cooking School. Chef Rifko Meier of Oysters XO will demonstrate the perfect technique to clean, store, and shuck an oyster in an easy, step-by-step format, as well as how to prepare recipes to compliment the oysters, such as mignonette, cocktail sauce, and oyster ceviche. Jerol Bailey of Lenz Winery will join the festivities to discuss the perfect wine pairings.

G.A.L.A. Raffle drawing

The raffle drawing will be held during the G.A.L.A. event. Winners will be contacted on Friday to select their prizes in the order the tickets were drawn. 

Raffle Prizes*

  • A Trip to Nantucket! Includes two seats for round-trip travel on a private charter from New York City to Nantucket, plus a gift certificate to a fabulous hotel on this beautiful Cape Cod island

  • Cheer on the Bronx Bombers! Watch the Yankees play the Los Angeles Angels, led by Mike Trout, in a private luxury suite for 17 at Yankee Stadium on Monday, June 28 at 7:05 PM

  • Ski and Stay at Stratton Mountain Resort! An $11,000 value! Four-night stay during the 2021-22 season in a spacious two-bedroom condominium at the heart of Stratton Mountain Resort, includes Speed Bear lift tickets, equipment rental for four, private Ambassador, three dinners at the Stratton Mountain Club

  • Visit Historic Newport! Enjoy a 2-night stay, $100 food and beverage credit, and credit for two at Spa Fjor at the iconic Hotel Viking, Newport, RI (Space available, blackout dates may apply and $135 max towards spa treatment per person, gratuity excluded)

  • A Magical Visit to Orlando, Florida! Includes two rooms for three nights at the Castle Hotel, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, located between Disney World and Universal Studios, plus tickets for four to the Magic Kingdom--to be used in 2022

  • Sports Memorabilia Package: One Greg Louganis signed color 11x14 photograph, one Andy Murray signed color 11x14 photograph, and one Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks signed color 11x14 photograph, all JSA certified 

  • Arts Entertainment Memorabilia Package: One Taylor Swift Signed Folklore CD, and one Jaws 24x36 movie poster signed by Susan Backlinie with inscription (1st victim), all JSA certified 

*All dates for raffle prizes are to be coordinated with the donor and restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

About The IDEAL School
Founded in 2006, The IDEAL School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.

All proceeds benefit the Open Door Scholarship Fund.

Meet our special guests from De Gustibus Cooking School, Oysters XO, and Lenz Winery

Chef Rifko Meier of Oysters XO

Rifko Meier
Oysters XO

Jerol Bailey of Lenz Winery

Jerol Bailey
Director of Sales at Lenz Winery

Board of Trustees
Jay Eisenhofer
Dan Kesten
Vice President
Fred Neuman
Vice President
Tracy Nixon
Vice President
Mitch Rubin
Vice President
Robert Ziff
Vice President
Michelle Smith
Audra Zuckerman
Janet L. Wolfe
Head of School
Evan Azriliant
Ron Fischer
Thomas Kelly
Carolyn Kelson
Margaret Lewis
Michael Lorch
Jane Providenti
Matthew Steinberg
Gregg L. Weiner
Tar-kee Williams
PA President

Advisory Council
David Byrnes 
Meghan Corridan 
Daniel R. Halem 
Annette Hayde 
Elisabeth Krents, PhD
Roseanne Legrand
Kenneth B. Mehlman
Alec Miller, PsyD
Michael Rietbrock
David Salsberg, PsyD

The Gala Committee
Jannette Lopez
Christine Mickletz
Fred Neuman
Tracy Nixon
Audra Zuckerman