The Show Will Go...Online!
The Annual Fay School Gala and Auction is usually the event of the season for Fay Parents to gather in person in celebration of our Fay Family. The 2020 Secret Garden Gala, initially scheduled for March 28, 2020, was sure to be an elegant evening full of philanthropy, friends, and fellowship. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the unparalleled impact it has made on the entire community, we canceled the formal in-person event. Unfortunately, canceled philanthropy events are now a temporary norm in Houston. Nonprofit organizations, like The Fay School, are forced to innovate to meet their fundraising goals. While we are unable to celebrate in person for the originally scheduled event, we do have an opportunity to reunite and show our support for one another during this challenging time.
The need to impact Fay’s future through philanthropy continues to be a priority. COVID-19 has changed all our lives in big and small ways. It has forced us all to find a new routine and provided potential new obstacles, including working from home, financial stability, and, most of all, concern for the health of ourselves and others. For these reasons and so much more, Fay’s Board of Trustees collectively decided to pivot and ensure that The Fay School is doing all we can to support our Fay Families. That said, proceeds from this year’s Secret Garden Online Auction will directly support the increase of our Tuition Assistance budget for the 2020-2021 school year. All gifts, no matter how big or small, will be incredibly appreciated and have a direct impact on our Fay community in positive ways.
We hope you will join us when The Secret Garden Online Auction, which opens on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 10:00am and closes on Monday, May 4, 2020, at 10:00am. Currently, we are physically apart, but technology allows us the ability to be together. The Gala committee intentionally streamlined the Auction so it can easily transition to an online event.
The following categories will be available for bidding and multi-sale through the Online Auction:
- Live and Big Board Items
All participants will have the opportunity to bid on incredible auction items that focus on “experiences.” Items include travel, dining, shopping, spa, and sports experiences. We know our Fay community will be eager to eat, drink, and celebrate once the pandemic is over. Exclusive Fay treasures are also available, including Fay Front Row Parking for the 2020-2021 school year. In celebration of the newly installed Chicken Coop, we are offering the permanent naming rights of the Fay Chicken Coop!
- Teacher Treasures
Fay teachers worked together to provide various opportunities for students to participate in with their teachers and fellow students. These experiences have a limited number of spots, and several items will be available for bidding, such as Head of School for the Day, Principal for the Day, Dean of Students for the Day, and much more!
- Teacher Wishes
New this year, families have a unique opportunity to grant actual wishes that our teachers have dreamed up to enhance our students’ learning experience, campus, and classrooms! These wishes range from grand to small and would all greatly enrich the educational needs of your children. Purchasing any of these fabulous items will help our campus grow and flourish as well as make our teachers’ wishes come true!
- Student Art
This year’s Gala Art is inspired by our beautiful campus, The Fay School colors, and our very own Fay Forest. Every student, from Primary through Fifth Grade, worked with Art Teacher, Katherine Price, to paint watercolor paper using acrylic paint. The watercolor paper was then reimagined by Ms. Price, who transformed them into an entirely new piece of contemporary art. Each masterpiece is a 20”x20” mixed media collage on thick deckled edge paper. The finished piece is a 24”x 24” professionally framed one-of-a-kind piece of art. The final products are spectacular and sure to be a showpiece in any home.
- Sign-Up Sociables
Our Fay Family is what makes The Fay School community so special. The committee strived to provide opportunities for families to gather on the Fay campus and make memories. Be on the lookout for your chance such as taking family portraits on Fay’s campus, boat down Buffalo Bayou with Mr. Scoville, and a morning of yoga on the lawn with professionals from The Breathing Room!
- Fay Yard Signs
Show your Fay School pride right outside your front door with a sturdy, wood Fay Yard Sign! The weather-resistant laminate over the Fay logo will ensure that your colors will not fade.
- Make a Gift in Support of the 2020-2021 Tuition Assistance Budget
If you are able and wish to make a gift in support of the Tuition Assistance budget for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here. The support of our community through these unprecedented times means a great deal to our entire school community, and we thank you.
The Secret Garden would not be possible without the help of our Fay community and especially the Gala Committee. Thank you to this group of Fay parents who shared their creativity, enthusiasm, and love of Fay to help Fay open the gates to our future! A special shout out to Gala Co-Chairs Mariam Lakhani and Cauley Snoddy, your vision and leadership this year permeates in every detail of this Online Auction. We are so grateful to those of you who have donated their tickets and table purchases to support the 2020-2021 Tuition Assistance Budget directly. These donations will offset the financial impact of not holding the event live and are deeply appreciated and will make a real and lasting difference.
This year’s theme honors the most distinguishing characteristic of The Fay School – our campus. Amid the hustle and bustle of our daily lives in and around our beautiful city, the Fay Campus serves as an oasis of calm and serenity that allows for our children to grow in a nurturing environment where they can maximize their full potential. In a time where social distancing is necessary, our community who already loved our secret garden now cherishes it.
The support of our community through these unprecedented times means a great deal to our entire school community, and we thank you. To preview items and to register, please visit the online auction site. Please register your information to receive live updates regarding your bidding and communications. Please know that while we wish we could all be together dressed to the nines, toasting to Fay, we are proud that we can share the hard work of the gala committee through an online platform. We hope you will join us online!