Galapalooza Record Breaking Fundraise!

Galapalooza had more than 270 parents and supporters gathered together at Hotel Irvine to celebrate our school and students at our annual gala. It was a magical evening filled with color, comradery and fun! We were fortunate enough to have the night culminate with a record breaking fundraise.
We are so pleased and humbled to share that our 2019 Fund-a-Need Outdoor Spaces: Shade, Play and Hang Out raised nearly $300,000. Your children and families will return to school this fall with enhanced outdoor spaces on our campus. Because we well exceeded our goal, we are working closely with our planning committee to finalize plans to create even more shade, play experiences and appropriate social spaces for students. 
We are all so blessed and thankful to have such generous families in our community. We would like to recognize Marni Grass and Greg McCollum, Gala co-chairs for passionately championing such an important event for St. Mary's. Your efforts, alongside your remarkable Gala committee made the evening so special and beautiful. We appreciate all the work, love and time that went into creating the most successful Gala in our school's history. 
2019 Gala Highlights
  • Band Sound 404 (featuring St. Mary's alum) opened the cocktail reception with fantastic vocals.
  • Dinner began with a beautiful song by students in the school musical "Wizard of Oz," followed by an outstanding performance by our Middle School dancers. 
  • The Gala raised $492,000; $297,400 for Fund-a-Need Outdoor Spaces: Shade, Play and Hang Out!
  • 270 tickets sold! For the first time ever, every teacher and faculty member in attendance were underwritten through donations.
  • Congratulations to the Capalbo family for winning the opportunity drawing: a St. Mary's parking space for the 2019-2020 school year!  
If you would like to contribute to the Fund-a-Need, please click here.
Once again, we continue to be inspired and in awe of our community. We appreciate and thank everyone who attended and/or supported the Gala. If you attended and would like to share feedback about your experience, please email

All photos from the evening are available for viewing and download in Vidigami under All School Events. Enjoy!