What is the Whitby Gala all about and where will it take place?
How does the school raise money at the Gala?
Is it true that the tuition we pay does not cover the full cost of our child's education?
Is the Gala FUN?
What does everyone DO at the Gala?
How do we RSVP and what’s the price to attend?
What is the theme for the Gala?
Do Whitby School teachers and staff come to the Gala?
Are students invited to the Gala?
What should I wear to this event?
Is there assigned seating for dinner?
I have a dietary restriction. What should I do to request an alternate meal?
Is there an auction and how will we know what the auction items are?
Do I have to buy something at the Gala?
What types of items are typically auctioned off?
How does the school get items to auction off at the Gala?
Silent Auction and Live Auction
At the Gala, we have both a silent auction and a live auction. For the silent auction, the items up for auction will be on display at the venue and in our online Auction Catalogue where you can submit your best bid for the items using this number. To make it easy for us to bid on items and manage the auction we’ll be using OneCause (formerly BidPal) mobile phone bidding app for both the Silent and Live Auction. You’ll be registered and given access when you buy tickets online and at check in. The Silent Auction will begin online a few days prior to the event. During the gala we’ll send text updates to let you know if you're outbid and when bidding closes. Check your phone periodically to make sure you get one last chance to bid on your favorite items during the night.The Live Auction portion of the evening is a tonne of fun. We’ll have an auctioneer for fun, fast-paced bidding. This is a truly fun part of the evening- the bidding wars are epic! But it is all in good fun!
What is a "Fund-a-Need / Paddle Raise"?
I heard there are raffles & prizes for guests. What is a "Heads/Tails Last One Standing" game and what’s a 50:50 Raffle?
If I win something, can I take it home at the end of the evening?
What’s the best way to get involved with the Whitby School Gala?
Get involved your way! Helping with pre-gala planning and preparation is always welcome. But the best and easiest way for most people to “help” is by attending the event and participating in the activities and auctions. Let's be honest... Events are always better with friends! Get your crew together and buy individual tickets or a whole table together.
There’s Strength in Numbers!
Do you need help with planning or set-up?
How do I keep up to date on "all things Gala"?
What will the 2021 Gala look like? Will it be different than usual?
We have made the difficult, but ultimately most safe, decision to transition the Gala from a live format on the Whitby Field to an alternate format. This is where your input will greatly help us in planning our next steps.
The Gala Committee is exploring two options: the first option is a purely virtual option. You would Zoom into the event from your home. There will be a brief introduction from Whitby leadership, entertainment (think magician or mimes - very Parisian!), a high-energy auction, and opportunities to connect as a community.
The second option is to ask Whitby families to host gatherings (sticking to cohorts) in their backyards. We would ask that attendees stay socially distanced and Zoom into the event from outside.
For each option, attendees will receive food items/beverages, decorative elements, and other fun items the day of the event. To help us with our planning, it would be very useful to know how many of you think you might Zoom from home and how many of you would feel comfortable attending a small event. Please click here to answer a few questions. Thank you for your time!
We are eagerly awaiting your responses! We know this will be a fun event with any option chosen.
Thanks for being part of the wonderful Whitby Community.
SEE YOU AT THE GALA !