River Oaks Baptist School’s biennial gala – A World of Pure Imagination – will take place on Friday, April 19, 2024, at The Post Oak Hotel (Attire: Whimsical Cocktail). Money raised through underwriting donations, ticket sales, silent and live auctions, wine donations, and a tuition raffle supports educational excellence at ROBS. You can read more about ways to support the event by clicking on Underwriting Opportunities below.
Please contact Tany Klaes, Development Associate, at [email protected] or 713.623.6938 x 135 with any questions.
A World of Pure Imagination Gala Information
If you have an item or experience to donate to the 2024 “A World of Pure Imagination” Gala auction, please fill out the Auction Donor Form, linked below. Completed forms must be received by February 29, 2024, to be recognized in the auction materials.
Thank you to our auction donors who have generously donated their products and services. We hope you will consider supporting them during this time in any way you can!
Erin and Michael Breen
The Studio Gals
Sunshine Art Space
Gala Committee Chairs
|Gala Chairs||Lauren Athon
|Underwriting Chairs||Melissa & Bryan McDavid (PS)
Kelley & Drew Scoggins (LS)
Kara & Hank Hilliard (MS)
|Past Parent & Grandparent Underwriting Chairs||Chris & Merrell Athon
Nancy & David Pustka
|Auction Chairs||Margaret Bravo, Claire Day, Audrey White|
|Auction Committee||Ali Attar, Courtney Blair, Lyndsay Burgoyne, Chita Craft, Jessica Givens Driscoll, Allie Fields, Alex Heins, Caroline Knapp, Katie Leonard, Megan MacIntyre, Meredith Marshall, Christina Milligan, Melissa Moncrief, Anna Monsour, Cara Nunnally, Martha Paterson, Jett Petit, Emily Porter, Elizabeth Scofield, Krystal Thompson, Ashley Yates, Tami Wall|
|Auction Class Parties Chairs||Lakshmi Picoli & Elise Swan (PS)
Marissa Avery & Brittany Douglas (LS)
Ting Bresnahan & Kandace Moon (MS)
|Auction Class Projects Chairs||Caroline Williams (PS)
Emily Dingmann (LS)
Henley Old (MS)
|Auction Class Projects Grade Level Representatives||Julie Stephen (R), Jaclyn Goodell (PreK), Kristen Steen (K), Jennifer LaForge (1), Rachel Everaard (2), Emily Walker (3), Susan Munson (4) , Angie Chadha (5), Amanda Olson (6), Milane Frantz (7), Olivia Benitez (8)|
|Auction Photographer||Cathy Kim-Gray|
|Auction Secretary||Rachel Gummattira|
|Decorations Chairs||Courtney Brooks, Lesley Ho|
|Luncheon Hostess||Margaret Bravo|
|Needlepoint Chair||Cheyanne Leibe|
|Post Gala Chair||Paula Jones|
|Program Chairs||Leslie Cammuso, Jeni Heard, Sarah Lee, Lesley Watkins|
|Raffle Chairs||Claire Walters (PS)
Jennifer Monteleone (LS)
Reagan Wellins (MS)
|Wine & Spirits Chairs||Shawn & Denis Garcia
Michelle & Jack Hsia
Taylor and Clint Bawcom | Whitney and Jaime Casas | Rebecca and Thom Brandt | Kara and Hank Hilliard | Chelsea and Matt Pacey
Margaret and Brian Bravo
Jacquelyn and Collin Cox | Lexie White and Jason Dunahoe | Sarah and Richard Punches | Katharine and Richard Ride | Krystal and Garrett Thompson
Chita and Lane Craft | Allie and Jay Fields | Melissa and Logan Moncrief | Tami and David Wall | Audrey and Matthew White
Caroline and Adeeb Dwairy | Michelle and Jack Hsia | Meghaan and Yasser Madriz | Judy Ho and Nathan Nguyen | Brittany and Richard Owen
Kadriye and Avery Alcorn | Courtney and Buck Baker | Teal and Jeff Reamer | Liz and Adam Ross | Becky and Jamie Stehle
Lauren and Bryan Athon | Erin and Michael Breen | Charlie and Katie Davis | Tany and Chaz Klaes | Jessica and Joshua Shishkoff
Alexandra and Frank Attar | Marissa and Robbie Avery | Kristy and Chris Bradshaw | Juliana and Dan Chervanick | Scarlett and Scott Hankey
Charlotte and Jayson Baird | Ellen and John Conley | Sophie and Ryan Moses | Kelli and AJ Orr | Chelsea and Warren Williamson
Jennifer and John Barron | Lynn and Graham Gordon | Randi and Pablo Hernandez Schmidt-Tophoff | Mia and Blake Rankin | Caroline and Ward Williams
Meghan and Eddy Blanton | Carter and John Dugan | Cheyanne and Brandt Leibe | Katie and Bryan Leonard | Henley and Carter Old
Stephanie and Shaffer Braun | Kristen and Scott Browning | Jackie and John Furlow | Elizabeth and Crosby Scofield | Alston and Jordan White
Carlisle and Cullen Brock | Claire and Tyler Day | Riley and Beau Landry | Cara and Knox Nunnally | Elise and Evans Swann
Courtney and Austin Brooks | Shawn and Denis Garcia | Lesley and Washington Ho | Christina and Ignacio Scuseria | Erika and John Toussaint
Anne and Mike Buckingham | Jennifer and Ryan Caughey | Julia and Chris Foster | Meredith and Ben Marshall | Nancy Sahota and Tej Singh
Leslie and Chris Cammuso | Shannon and Clay Carroll | Pamela Soliman and Russell Content | Amanda and Stephen Olson | Pammy and Irfan Umatiya
Lauren Soliz and Chris Canonico | Hollie Nguyen-Rodriguez and Daniel Rodriguez | Jessica and Won Yi
Brittney and Edward Chang | Jessica Givens Driscoll and Jamil Driscoll | Melissa and Bryan McDavid | Andrea and Robert Paisley | Rae and Geir Solberg
Ilona Carson and Jim Colasanto | Catherine and Dean Giuffre | Vanessa and Matthew Hauser | Anna and Paul Monsour | Kandace and Ryan Moon
Lindsay and James Eilers | Anne and Kyle Kelley | Bissau and Danny Mounir | Melissa and William Steele | Addie and Dustin Teague
Lauren and David Etlinger | Jaclyn and Tyler Goodell | Rachel and Roshan Gummattira | Ashley and Kenneth Kneisly | Dr. Jose Karam and Ms. Melinda Keyhani
Myrna and Guilherme Godoy | Jennifer and Colin LaForge | Beth and Danny McEntee | Sarah and Luis Miranda | Lindsay Bateman and Andy Sims
Kassia Yanosek and Chris Gurr | Kristi and Corey Johnson | Catherine and Edward Lee | Susan and Ted Liang
Laporte Family Foundation
Megan and Shaw MacIntyre | Elizabeth and Thomas McConathy | Ludmila and Robert Paul | Lakshmi and Andrew Picoli | Claire and Matt Walters
Missy and Kevin Millin
Casey and Jeremy Newton | Codi and Matthew Wiener
Rosangela and David Capobianco
Ramona and Razvan Dadu
Nicolette and Patrick Daniel
Alexander and Tiffany Jais
Christine and Marc LaBorde
Andrea and Michael Walsh
Mindi and Chris Kral
Karen Zhou and Ning Kang
Kristi and Corey Johnson
2024 Gala – A World of Pure Imagination – Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to know about the 2024 River Oaks Baptist School Gala?
The gala is an important (and FUN!) biennial fundraising event for River Oaks Baptist School. Typically, between 600 and 800 people attend this event. The 2024 gala will take place on Friday, April 19, 2024, at The Post Oak Hotel. Cocktails will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. The attire is Whimsical Cocktail.
This festive and colorful evening is open to the entire River Oaks Baptist School community and will feature a silent and live auction, tuition raffle, seated dinner, and entertainment by the The Drywater Band. Proceeds go to support continued excellence at ROBS.
- I am new to ROBS and don’t know a lot of people. I would like to attend the gala. What do I do? Who do I sit with?
We are thrilled for you to join us! You have several options. First, you can reach out to your grade level Underwriting Chair to help connect you with other families. You can also reach out to your Class Parent or other families in your child’s class to see if they want to go in on a table together. Another option is to purchase individual tickets at a Preschool, Lower School, or Middle School table, and we will seat you at a table with other parents/ticket holders in your child’s grade or division!
- I have found people to split a table with. Does one person need to buy the whole table?
One couple does not need to purchase the whole table. It is actually best for each couple to purchase its portion of the table separately in order for each couple to receive a tax benefit. When you purchase your spots, please be sure to indicate the names of the other people at your table in the space provided. Please note that for split tables, we must receive payment from ALL purchasers before a table will be assigned. ALL payments for split tables must be received by April 1, 2024. If all payments are not received by April 1, purchasers who have paid will be considered individual ticket holders.
- How much are tables and tickets? How many people can sit at a table?
Golden Ticket: $25,000 (12 people)
Willy Wonka: $15,000 (10 people)
Loompaland: $10,000 (10 people)
Everlasting Gobstopper: $5,000 (10 people)
Chocolate Factory: $500 (individual tickets)
Lollipop: $300 (underwrite a faculty/staff member)
- How do I reserve a table/ticket?
You may reserve your table/ticket online at www.robs.org/giving/gala or contact Tany Klaes, Development Associate, at [email protected] or 713-623-6938 x 135.
- I can’t attend the gala. Can I still participate in the auction?
Absolutely! The silent auction will be online through One Cause. Bidding will open the week of the gala. We will send out a link to start bidding.