Our annual auction, the Traveler’s Gala, is our biggest event of the year. It is our opportunity to celebrate the mission 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 our mission from scholarships to education enhancements to technology.
On May 6, 2016 guests celebrated “the most exciting 158 years in education” in their Kentucky Derby attire while participating in live and silent auctions. Thank you to everyone who participated! With your help we raised $145,666 gross for the school, which will be used for educational enhancements, technology and scholarships.
2017 Traveler’s Gala
You can be a hero on Friday, May 5, 2017! Join us at our annual auction and gala at the Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio) for cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Dress to impress (black tie optional) as we celebrate and raise money for St. James Lutheran School. Every child needs a hero and this your opportunity. Don’t miss out. Tickets will be available Spring 2017.
LIVE AND SILENT ITEM DONATIONS
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 fill out a donation form online.
INSTANT WINE CELLAR
We ask people in our community to donate bottles of wine to create a one-of-a-kind collection, which will be sold to the highest bidder during the live auction. If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the Traveler’s Gala, consider donating a couple of bottles of wine. Bottles should be a minimum of $25 and can be dropped off in the office or at church on Sundays.
You can now donate to the instant wine cellar electronically! Binny’s (South Loop location) is working with us this year to make this process easier for you.
Directions to place your order on-line:
- www.binnys.com. Select the wine you would like to donate to the instant wine cellar and choose the STORE PICK-UP option for the SOUTH LOOP location (1132 S. Jefferson Street Chicago, IL 60607).
- Once you proceed to checkout, you are prompted to enter any special instructions. Please be sure to provide the following information to ensure the wine will be donated to our upcoming auction: Attention Juan Torres – St. James Lutheran School Donation.
All purchases/orders will be set aside and gathered together. Binny’s will drop off the wine donations to St. James prior to the event. Please note that you will receive an automatic email through the Binny’s system regarding wine pick-up. Once your order is processed, you will also receive a follow up email with a copy of the invoice to the purchaser.
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. Download a patron card and learn more or donate online.
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 grown in our faith and service and to spread God’s joyful message of love and salvation “to the ends of the earth.”
How much does the Traveler’s Gala cost, and how do I reserve my spot?
The cost of the event is $125 per person and $100 for alumni (limit two). Spots can be reserved by returning the response card included in the invitation with payment to the office, or by going online to school.stjames-lutheran.org/auction beginning this spring.
Are there only expensive items up for bid at the auction?
No, there will be a wide variety of items to bid on, from themed baskets to gift cards to pricier vacations…and everything in between.
How does the instant wine cellar work?
The Instant Wine Cellar is a very popular auction item! We ask people in our community to donate bottles of wine to create a one of a kind collection, which will be sold during the live auction to the highest bidder. If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the Traveler’s Gala, consider donating a couple bottles of wine to the Instant Wine Cellar. Bottles should be a minimum of $25 and can be dropped off discretely in the office or at church on Sundays.
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 education enhancements to technology.
What's included in the ticket price?
In addition to helping support the school by participating in the live and silent auctions, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a sit-down dinner.
Is there a lot of pressure to buy?
This 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 have to buy a lot. There are over seventy five items in a modest cost category and the opportunity to support scholarships through the Paddle Raise 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.
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, school.stjames-lutheran.org/auction. It includes a breakdown of patron levels. Fulfillment cards are available in the office.
Does "gala" mean black tie?
This year’s event is black tie optional.
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.
How do sign-up parties work?
No bidding wars here! During the Silent Auction portion of the gala you can sign-up for a spot in one of the limited space parties. These parties are donations and are not hosted by St. James. Sign-up early, the spots will go fast!
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.