A Night at the Races 2016 Gala
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone over the age of 21 is welcome. Every guest must have a paid reservation.
When can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are on sale now. Purchase tickets on the Reservations page.
Tickets are on sale until the event sells out or until October 31, 2016, whichever comes first.
New this year – reserved seating. Tables of 10 will be offered at a discounted price.
What are the hours for the event?
6pm - midnight
We’re new to the school this year. We don’t know many people. Should we attend?
Yes; this is a fun evening with lots of do. The open bars and the food station lend themselves to guests circulating and moving about the room in a festive atmosphere. You are certain to enjoy yourselves. At a minimum we encourage you to attend and have a few drinks and a fabulous meal.
Spouse not interested in attending? No date? Come with friends.
What should I wear?
We're calling it "Race Day" attire. Formal attire is NOT expected. We love guests who dress for the theme, but it is NOT required. This year we encourage ladies to wear hats or fascinators; gentlemen could choose to sport bow ties.
Where should I park?
Parking is free. Please park in the lower parking lot adjacent to the parish hall. The entrance to the event will be through the breezeway between Treacy Center and the middle school wing.
How do I pay for my reservation?
Guests may pay with a credit card on the auction website.
What is there to do at the gala?
This year - horse racing to bet on
A live and silent auction to participate in or watch; bidding on mobile devices (cell phones & ipads)
A fabulous menu (available on the website soon)
What happens if I win something in the auction? How do I pay for my purchases?
We prefer payment by check but will also accept payment by credit card. If you choose to pay by credit card, your information will be collected at the time your reservation is made or at check-in the night of the event (the information is kept on file until the event is over. It is then deleted for your security). If authorized in advance, purchases will be automatically charged to the credit card on file.
Purchases (either merchandise or certificates) are taken home at the end of the night. Items such as tickets or ticket vouchers, gift cards, etc. are available from gala personnel at check-out time.
Are my purchases or donation tax deductible?
Cash donations are tax deductible. All or part of the value of items that are purchased may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor.
Saint Peter’s federal tax id # is: 52-0684-276.
What if I’m a volunteer? Do I need a ticket?
Volunteers who are assigned to work at the event all evening do not need a ticket. Volunteers who sign-up for a brief window of service (i.e. check-in, raffle sales, etc.) need to purchase a ticket to the event.
Who can I contact for more information?
The event chair is: Jessica Eustace, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 602-4001
Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success AND it’s lots of fun to participate. Please contact Jessica if you would like to help with planning the party, set-up the day before and day of the event, and clean up the day after the event. Your hours will count towards your family’s 15 hours school service hours requirement.
Saint Peter's School is a Catholic elementary school educating students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade, committed to developing all aspects of the human character to release the spiritual, intellectual, and physical potential of each child. Faith formation and academic excellence are the foundation of our program.