Invitations have gone out in the mail and all are invited to attend the annual PAPA Gala on Saturday, February 9—a wonderful evening of fun and friends, new and old, that supports our beloved Providence Academy! Purchase events tickets online or by return mail by Tuesday, January 22.

In addition to event attendance, learn about other ways you can support this year’s gala!

Donate Items by January 15
We invite you to consider donating an item or two to help make the gala a success! Please return a completed Donation Form along with your tax-deductible contribution, so that we may properly acknowledge your gift. Thank you! Questions about donating items? Contact Mrs. Jeannina Adams at or (651) 895-2971.

Auction Item Wish List
Would you like to donate an item or experience to the gala auctions for others to enjoy? The gala committee would be grateful for your gift of…

  • Sports Items such as VIP, box or season tickets to a sporting event, sports memorabilia, meet and greet with a professional athlete, round of golf at a country club, pro lessons for any sport
  • Travel Items such as luxury hotel stays, airline tickets, vacation homes, cruises, luggage
  • Food & Drink Items such as catered meals or parties, chef for an evening, cooking lessons, wine tasting parties
  • Special Experiences or Items such as spa packages, tickets to theatre/orchestra/concerts or special shows, hot air balloon ride, tandem sky jumping, extreme sandbox, kids birthday party destination, limousine ride, brewery tour, yoga or personal training session at your home, ballroom dancing lessons, vocal or musical instrument lessons, seats during taping of a live TV show, Broadway tickets with meet and greet, complete makeover with a local stylist, guitar or other musical instrument, pet boarding

Class Baskets for Silent Auction
This year’s auction will include theme baskets unique to each grade from Pre-K through 12. The deadline to contribute items toward each of the themes has been extended to Tuesday, January 15. SignUpGenius contains all of the specific details, including the themes by grade level. Please note that there are individual tabs for the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. You may also make a cash donation that would allow the committee to purchase items for that theme.

Class basket items can be left in the bins outside each classroom for the Lower School. Items for the Middle and Upper School can be delivered to the Administration Office. All cash and gift cards should be delivered to Mrs. Elizabeth McIntyre in the Administration Office.

Share a Bottle of Your Favorite Wine
Donate a bottle of your favorite wine to aid in the fundraising. Include a completed Donation Form and deliver to the Administration Office.

Give for Growth
Providence Academy continues to enhance affordability for our families and provide better access to more who share a commitment to the school’s mission and values. This year’s Fund-A-Need benefits all in the Providence Academy community and everyone is invited to participate!

Each dollar raised through the Fund-A-Need will be directed to minimize the 2019-2020 tuition increase by one percent or more for all of our current students, and help us grow to welcome new ones.

Your tax-deductible donation can be made during the Fund-A-Need at the event. If you are unable to attend the gala, please contribute by utilizing the reply card included in your invitation or donate online.

Auction Preview Available Online
This year’s gala includes a wonderful variety of auction items to suit all interests. The online preview is updated frequently, so take a look often and plan your bidding strategy in advance!

FAQs About the Gala
How is Seating Determined?
Tables seat eight and guests receive their table assignments at check-in the evening of the event. If you have a preference of who you’d like to sit with, we will do our best to accommodate—simply note it on your RSVP. Many people don’t make a seating request at all. In that case, we’ll arrange a lovely table for you, typically with other parents from your child’s grade or division.

What Should I Wear?
The PA gala is a formal event. Black tie attire is invited, but guests will feel comfortable in other options. Ladies wear a variety of dresses from evening gowns to cocktail dresses to “little black dresses.” Gentlemen wear tuxedos, dinner jacket and trousers, or business suits.

Cash, Check, or Credit at the Event?
Heads or Tails ($20 per chance) and Drink/Cigar Tickets ($5-$20) require payment by cash or check only. Auction purchases can be charged to your bid number and settled by cash, check, or credit card.

Other Questions?
Contact Mrs. Dawn Schommer, Manager of Auxiliary & Development Programs, by email or at (763) 258-2516.

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