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

Save the Date

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Dear IDEAL Friends:
Please save the date for our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year! The 18th Annual IDEAL Gala returns to Pier Sixty on Monday, February 27, from 6-10 PM. 
The Gala is a time to celebrate our growing and thriving community with an evening of fun and entertainment featuring fabulous performances by IDEAL students and special guests. Look for a formal invitation coming soon to your inbox.
There are many ways every member of our community can help, including:

  • Donating and/or soliciting auction items--information below, form here
  • Buying and selling raffle tickets (more information to come)
  • Inviting friends, family, and colleagues
Purchasing a ticket or table and attending the event

 Please reach out to friends, family, or neighborhood businesses to donate to our cause. Everything and anything is appreciated, and no donation is too big or too small! Some items donated in the past include a 16-person suite to see the Yankees play the Red Sox, a private flight and stay in Nantucket, a family portrait session, a designer shrimps pearl handbag, and a private workout with Ironman Chris Nikic! Examples of other past auction items are:

  • Gift Certificates: From $10 at a local manicurist to restaurants, spa treatments, and private lessons

  • Tangible Items: Art, wine, jewelry, handbags, clothing, books, and toys

  • Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Tickets: Knicks, Mets, Yankees, Nets, or Rangers, Lincoln Center, concerts, Broadway, US Open, or golf foursomes

  • Destinations and Travel: Hotel packages, private vacation homes, or airline miles

  • Unique Experiences: Backstage tours, meet-and-greets with athletes and celebrities, a meal prepared by a professional chef, or tickets to a live TV or talk show

Please click this link for a donation form and a letter that you can use to solicit donations. Donors can also enter the information online here. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all donors will be acknowledged at the event and in the Annual Report of Giving.
VOLUNTEERS The Gala Committee is looking for interested community members to join its sub-committees. Your skills and connections in design, gifts, entertainment, and tech will be tremendous assets to the school as we put together our best Gala yet! Email galacommittee@theidealschool.org to join the fun!  
We look forward to working with you to ensure another fun-filled celebration and successful evening!
2022-23 Gala Committee
Rachel and Rob McQueen, Event Co-Chairs
Grace Kaynor, Design Committee
Christine Mickletz, Gifts Committee
Graham Parker, Entertainment Chair
Kiiana Reyes-Campbell, Communications Committee