Traveler’s Gala

Our annual auction, the Traveler’s Gala, is our biggest event of the year. It is our opportunity to celebrate one of the missions of St. James Lutheran Church and School. Funding a quality education requires more than just tuition; it requires the support and generosity of the whole community. Auction proceeds provide valuable support for the success of this mission, from scholarships to education enhancements to technology.

2019 Traveler’s Gala

Spread your wings to fly high on Friday, March 29, 2019! Join us for our annual fundraising gala at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio) for cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Dress to impress as we celebrate and raise money for St. James Lutheran School. Every child needs roots to grow and wings to fly.  This is your opportunity to give them a chance!  Don’t miss out. Tickets will be available in January 2019.

Get Involved


We need the help of the community to make our auction a success! If you have an item to donate for the live or silent auction,  please fill out a donation form online.


Become a Patron by helping underwrite expenses of the event so more of the auction proceeds will be able to support the educational needs of the school:

  • Maroon – $100 – $499
  • Gold – $500 – $999 – includes 1 ticket to the gala
  • Maverick – $1000-$1999 – includes 2 tickets to the gala
  • Corporate – $2500 + – includes a table of 10 to the gala

All Patrons of the St. James Lutheran Traveler’s Gala will be listed on:

  • Event Signage at the School and Church
  • Event Signage at the Gala
  • The Traveler’s Gala Page of the St. James Website

To become a Patron click here.


What does St. James do with the money raised at the Traveler's Gala?

Funding a quality education requires more than just tuition; it requires the support and generosity of the whole community.  Auction proceeds provide valuable support for the success of our mission from scholarships to educational enhancements to technology.

How much does the Traveler’s Gala cost, and how do I reserve my spot?

The cost of the event is  $125 per person, which includes cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a sit-down dinner.  This year’s gala is black tie optional.  Tickets may be purchased beginning in January 2019 through the link provided in the Gala Gazette, or by going online to

Why is the annual auction called the Traveler's Gala?

Our annual auction is called The Traveler’s Gala after our namesake, St. James the Traveler.  Tradition claims that St. James took up his walking stick and a leather pouch and set out to share the good news of Jesus.  Fearlessly, he spoke of the coming of the Messiah until he was martyred for his faith.

Just as St. James ventured across the miles to spread the gospel, we, too, are constantly striving to move forward – to grow in our faith and service and to spread God’s joyful message of love and salvation “to the ends of the earth.”

Is the Traveler’s Gala open only to parents, staff and church members?

Absolutely not! We warmly welcome grandparents, friends and neighbors who want to come out for a fun night in support of St. James.

New This Year, Cocktail Live!

Join us for our new event, Cocktail Live, beginning promptly at 6:30pm.  This year, exclusive items will be sold only at cocktail hour.  Don’t be late!

What is available to purchase?

This is a fundraiser to aid the mission of St. James Lutheran School.  There are many ways for you to support the event without feeling pressure to buy a lot.  There will be a wide variety of items to bid on, from themed baskets to gift cards to pricier vacations…and everything in between to give you many options to stay within your budget.  At the end of the day, this is a celebration of the St. James community, and the most important thing is that you join us for this joyful event.

What are sign-up parties?

Sign-up parties are themed parties that offer social opportunities for adults and families to connect.  These parties, which occur on various dates throughout the year, are donated and hosted by St. James families.  All proceeds from these parties go directly to the school.  There are no bidding wars…sign up through the silent auction to reserve your spot.  Sign up early, these spots will go fast!

My business or family would like to help underwrite the cost of the event. How can we do that?

We welcome you to participate in our patron program! Please visit our website,  It includes a breakdown of patron levels. Patron cards are available in the office and online.

How do I get a tax receipt for items purchased or money donated at the event?

Our technology company, Auction and Event Solutions, will provide you with a receipt at check out.

Have a question? Contact us!

We’re happy to answer any questions or help you find a place to get involved!  Please feel welcome to reach out to anyone on the auction committee:

Pam Drews                        

Elizabeth Stephanou          

Sue Dees                            

Traveler’s Gala Photos – May 5, 2017 • Ivy Room

Have questions or want to learn more about St. James?

We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that St. James has to offer your family.

Funding a quality education requires more than just tuition; it requires the support and generosity of the whole community.

St. James Lutheran School

2101 N Fremont St Chicago, IL 60614   |   Phone : 773-525-4990     Fax : 773-326-3645

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