A graphic of a silver disco ball with the light shining off of the center.


2019 '70s Eton Community Gala
Saturday, March 16

In 1978 the first women astronauts enrolled in the space program at NASA, disco fever was reaching new heights in popularity and Eton School was founded! As an acknowledgment of Eton’s birth year, we are had a disco-themed Gala at an exciting new venue, the W Hotel in Bellevue. The dress for the evening was casual with the most important thing was being comfortable! 


2019 Eton Community Gala 

2019 Gala Schedule

5:00 p.m.   Appetizers & Beverages 
__________(Complimentary sparkling wine, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages all evening)

Gala and Childcare* Check-In

Silent Auction and Games Open

Raffle Tickets for Sale
(Purchase raffle tickets to win half the total of the ticket raffle sales!)

Fourth Line Silent Auction Bid Sheet Raffle
(Skip ahead and bid on the fourth line of a bid sheet to be entered in a drawing for a Canlis Restaurant gift card!)

6:00 p.m.   Dinner Stations Open

6:15 p.m.   Silent Auction Closes

6:45 p.m.   Live Auction Begins

Heads or Tails Game

Live Auction Items

Raise The Paddle
(All donations made to Raise The Paddle are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Eton is a 501c3 organization.)

7:30 p.m. Dessert Stations Open 

As the auction wraps up, cashiers are available to assist with check out and item pick-up. 

*Complimentary childcare (ages 3 and up) for the first 50 preregistered children.

Check out the highlights from the 2018 Gala and our Gala Glossary.

Volunteers Needed

There are many ways to help make the Gala a success. If you are interested in helping with the Gala, please contact our Eton Community Gala Committee at auction@etonschool.org. Read the following letter and list of procurement ideas from the Eton Community Gala Committee for more about the Gala and ways you can help.

Letter to Families

Procurement Ideas

If you are ready to approach a business or individual donor to request a donation, please use the following letter and procurement form to introduce our school to the donor and collect the item (please make sure you have one copy of the procurement form for the school and one to leave with the donor.) Alternatively, triplicate procurement forms will be available in the office to make it easier for the donor to keep a copy for their records.

Letter to Donors

Procurement Form

IRS 501(c)3 Determination Letter

A business can also support the Gala without donating a specific item or service. If you think you know someone who would be willing to sponsor the Eton Community Gala in exchange for advertising, please share with them our Corporate Sponsorship Levels. Sponsoring the Gala is a great way for companies to gain visibility in our community.

Corporate Sponsorship

Gala Glossary

Pick up name tag(s) and bidder number upon arrival and self-check your coat. Preregistered childcare sign in is in the room next to check-in.

Fourth Line Bid Sheet Raffle
Skip to the fourth line of any bid sheet for automatic entry into a raffle drawing for a Canlis Restaurant gift card! Every fourth line bid counts as an individual entry with the raffle drawing taking place during dinner. Must be present to win.

Heads or Tails Game
Raise a bid card to join this fun game where each bidder chooses heads (hands on head) or tails (hands over bottom) to guess how the coin lands that the auctioneer flips. Choose well and be the last one standing to win a special prize.

Live Auction
A selection of unique items is offered for live bidding during the dinner portion of the evening. This includes vacation home stays and special getaways, sporting event packages, fine dining experiences and more. Highest bidder wins the item so be ready to raise your bid cards!

Name the Lane
Win the opportunity for your child to choose the name for the sign in either the driveway at the Main Building or Mezzo Building for one year. The sign goes up during the beginning of June and removed and given to your child for them to keep as a souvenir the following June.

Raise the Paddle
Every year Eton School chooses one area to enhance, which provides an opportunity for supporters to make tax- deductible contributions that support that specific item. In past auctions, the "Raise the Paddle" generated funds for STEM, a playground for Pre-elementary students, remodeling the library space plus new books, and improvements to our campus.

These are experiences (for example, a dinner for 8 hosted by a family) that are offered for more than one person to purchase. Purchase single tickets to be a part of a larger group experience. These Sign-Ups are part of the Silent Auction with a set price point.

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction includes themed baskets, experiences, classes/camps and fun activities available at various price levels. Head of School for the Day, Name the Lane and Teacher Experiences (see below) are also included in the Silent Auction.  Write your bid card number next to the value you wish to bid but check back frequently in case you need to raise your bid to win!

Sponsor a Teacher
Make a tax-deductible contribution in honor of an Eton teacher or staff member. Select “Teacher Sponsorship” during the RSVP process.

Tax Deductions
The auction receipt outlines the extent of applicable tax deductions. In general, any money spent above the value of an item is tax-deductible. Raffle tickets are not tax-deductible. All contributions to Raise the Paddle and Teacher Sponsorship are 100% tax-deductible.

Teacher Experiences
Some teachers offer experiences for your child or a small group of children and are open for bidding during the Silent Auction. Past examples include painting ceramics, hiking, playing a role-playing game, bowling, touring Seattle, fishing and rock climbing.