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January 27, 2019 -- Issue No. 4
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
― Mother Teresa

Join us for our Party with a Purpose!

Let's gather on Saturday, February 23 to celebrate Valley Catholic School! The Gala is our single largest fundraiser of the year. and we don't want anyone to be left out. The evening will offer a beautiful venue, delicious food and lively bidding on incredible auction packages, but most importantly, is is our best opportunity to come together as a family for the good of all students. Talk to your friends and put together a table. We want to make sure that you have a seat!
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New and Noteworthy
Here is a sampling of some of the items that we are working on:

Courtside seats with the Blazers - and we mean courtside (Row 2) including, parking and that amazing service at your seat. There's no need to miss a moment of the game!
Trulli Bouganville Villa - a week in a beautiful villa in the Puglia region of Italy
Happy Wife, Happy Life - the details are still being worked out, but we can guarantee she will be happy with this package of spa, salon, restaurant and entertainment gift certificates, not to mention - someone else cleans the house!
Sunriver at its finest - a full week stay at a luxury home for the whole family

Wishes and Dreams

Every successful Gala begins with a wish and a dream. Here are some ideas from our Wish List:
  • Fine or rare wines
  • Vacation home/condo at the beach, mountains or resort
  • Dessert/Spa/Flowers monthly for a year
  • Wine tours and tastings
  • Autographed memorabilia
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Themed party or dinner (what's your favorite cuisine?)
  • Fishing/Rafting trip
  • Behind the scenes experience (zoo, museum, television, music)
  • Tickets to art and cultural events
Please consider who you might know that can help us procure these items. Can you gather a group of friends and put together a party, an experience or a class? We have so many resources right here on campus, but we need your help to make it happen.
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Class Project Showcase

Incorporating this year’s elementary school theme, 'Kindness Begins With Me,' the First Grade classes collaborated on a true piece of art from the heart. Each first grade student and teacher painted a heart on an individual canvas, alternating warm and cool colors of their choice. Each finished canvas was then mounted to form this final work, expressing the love that kindness comes from. This charming project will be available as part of the mini-live auction on Gala night. What a treasure it will be for the winning bidder!
Class Baskets are rolling in!
- And we mean rolling! In fact, we need a cart to move these incredible gift packages that the elementary school parents put together. Many of these bounteous baskets have been submitted to the Gala office and we feel that we must share them with all of you. Here are the incredible packages that will be available to every bidder during the silent auction on our Gala evening:

KG - Taste of Italy - pasta, sauces, confections and more
KS - Arts and Crafts - get creative
1P - Wines of the Northwest - with a stay at the Allison Inn
1S - Family Game Night - every type of game imaginable
2R - Book Bonanza - build your library
2S - Gift Cards Galore - restaurants, coffee and more
3C - Happy Hour - libations for all tastes
3F - Suburban Staycation - family activities close to home
4B - Be Kind to Yourself - recharge with a little self care
4C - Be Kind to Nature - the great outdoors awaits
5C - Cook's Delight - creativity in the kitchen
5H - Find Your Park - get out with your National Park Pass
Adventure Awaits!
High School Trip Update
High School Trips - For the Gala, each high school class sponsors a trip package to be sold at the live auction. As in the past, we are asking high school families to make a donation of $25 per student. The key is participation at a level that is appropriate for your family. Many high school families have now stepped up and made a contribution.  Thanks to you, we are well on our way!

Remember, each class will receive 'Spirit Points' for any and all donations received by Friday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. In addition, the class with the highest rate of participation will receive a tasty treat.  Here are the current standings in the contest:
     Freshman Class - 20% participation rate
     Sophomore Class - 18%
     Junior Class - 15%
     Senior Class - 10%

Donations can be made now by using this link. 

Last year, your donations allowed us to procure trips to San Diego, Monterey, Walla Walla and Whistler, BC. All were offered with great success in the live auction at the Gala.

Volunteers Needed!

We still are in need of a few more volunteers. The Gala would not be possible without the help of approximately 100 dedicated volunteers. We have openings on Gala weekend to help with hospitality, set-up, distribution and retrieval, and tear down. Please use this link to offer a few hours of your time. Ask anyone who has helped in the past, working on the Gala is fun!

Important Dates

January 25 - Class Baskets due in the Gala office
January 31 - Final Gala 'Dream Team' procurement committee meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the Motherhouse
February 8 - Procurement contests end for both the High School Trip effort as well as the drawing for a reserved parking space
February 8 - RSVP deadline to attend the best party of the year!
February 23 - A fabulous, glittering Gala evening!

Thank you to our
sponsors and underwriters

Premier Sponsor
Colleen & Werner Nistler, Jr.

Gold Sponsor

Ryan & Sara Hoppes

Silver Sponsors

Greg & Stephanie Gilbert

Jan & Yahong Neirynck


Bronze Sponsors

Man Tran & Cecilia Nguyen

Family Sponsors

Paul & Liz Boileau
David & DeDee Heinsen
Chris & Genevieve Long

Gautam Kumar &
Babita Dhayal


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Our Venue

We will once again return to the historic Montgomery Park building in NW Portland. The parking is free and easy, the setting is glamorous and the food will be delicious!
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