Spring Gala


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When and where is the Gala? Saturday, May 6th, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica.

What is the Gala? SOPA produces an adults-only dinner and dancing fundraiser to bring our amazing community together. The Gala this year includes a large silent auction, exciting live auction, cocktails (including an one-hour full hosted bar*), dinner, dancing and this year, gambling! Every year, we have a Gala theme, and this year, the gents can channel their inner James Bond, and the ladies can don a fabulous gown or cocktail dress as we gamble, dance, and bid the night away. The Gala will be an exciting party for the whole SOEC community.

What does the silent and live auction include? Our silent and live auctions combined offer hundreds of items at a variety of price points. The auction solicitation is focused on offering items that are of interest to our families, parents and kids. Our big sellers this year include luxury hotel packages, jewelry, unique teacher experiences, classroom art projects, kids camps and classes, tickets to entertainment events, and restaurant gift cards.

Join the Gala Team! Want to help solicit auction items, assist with marketing or design for The Gala, or help set up on the day of the big party? We want you! Contact Gala Chair Viviana Hedrick at viviana@shermanoaksparents.com, and tell her how you can get involved!

*Open bar from 6:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.  Must be 21 years of age or older.