Together. We Are PrioryStrong.
Mark your calendars for March 20, 2021 at 5:30pm when our community comes together to support Priory at our first ever virtual Benefit and show. Although we can not gather in person for our 2021 Gala, we will meet virtually for a streamlined online Benefit which will include a Live Auction and Fund A Future.

Our Priory Spirit remains steadfast and together we will take on
2021 PrioryStrong.

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  • A Letter from our Benefit Chair, Malvika Behl

    Dear Priory Community,
    Please join us for Priory’s annual fundraising event on March 20, 2021. Our theme for this year’s Benefit (formerly known as the Gala) is PrioryStrong - signifying strength in community. While we'd  love to gather, this year our benefit will be virtual and streamlined - as it is the safest course. 
    Our Priory community is extraordinary, generous, inclusive, and caring. We have shown incredible strength and have come together in an unprecedented year. Each and every facet of our school has been reimagined this year - from how the teachers taught their classes to how sports practices, performing arts, and chapel were conducted. Our parent community has had to be creative with their volunteer assignments, and our new Head of School has had to lead us in these most unusual circumstances. 
    The funds raised will support Priory during these challenging times with a special focus on funding Covid protocols. As always, Our Fund A Future fund supports financial aid, allowing for our community to be both robust and diverse. These funds are critical to the success of our school this year.
    Here’s what to expect for this year’s Benefit:
    • Online Auction: March 13th - March 20th. Shop for Count-Me-In Parties, Buy-it-Now Parties, our PrioryStrong Spirit Items , and Wine. 
    • Live Event: March 20th at 5:30 pm. Join us as we celebrate Priory at our virtual event which will include a live Auction and Fund A Future. 
    We will not be looking for underwriters for the event. However, we do depend on revenues from sponsorships so we are in search of generous families to serve as PrioryStrong Benefactors for our 2021 Benefit.
    So let’s show our Priory Spirit, by taking this unusual year and making it one to remember. I urge you support our school and show your Priory Spirit. Please join me and my awesome host committee of past gala chairs from previous years and my benefit committee to make PrioryStrong a success.
    With warm regards,
    Malvika Behl
    Benefit Chair 2021

  • Benefit Committee Members

    PrioryStrong Benefit Chair
    Malvika Behl

    Host Committee
    Cynthia Mahood Levin, 2018, 2020 Chair
    Lisa Putnam, 2019 Chair
    Carolyn Putney, 2016 Chair
    Jennifer Youstra, 2017, 2018 Chair

    Kathy Avery
    Norma Alvarez
    Courtney Caccia
    Stephanie Day
    Julie Dickerson
    Stephanie Flynn
    Anshu Gupta
    Debbie Kan
    Elaine Pao
    Olga Rodstein
    Julie Sheng
    Linda Thomas
    Evita Twerdahl
    Hattie Shieh
    Anne-Marie Strohman
    Patricia Qaqundah
    Chauntelle Trefz
    Olivia Zwaantra
  • Item Wishlist

    Every year we work hard to find unique and unusual items for our families to bid on and this year is no exception. Here is our PrioryStrong wish list:
    • Vacation Homes - especially those just a drive a way!
    • Special Access to Wineries 
    • Access to Private Chefs and Private Aviation
    • Golf Outings
    • Wine & Spirits
    • Parties - both Count Me In and Buy the Whole
    • Online Experiences: wine tasting, cooking class, book groups
    Once-in-a-lifetime items do well, so get those creative juices flowing! Remember, your donation is tax-deductible and you will receive a written acknowledgment for your donation. Our auction Item deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021 


  • Parties - Count Me In & Buy Out

    Parties are our most popular items. We are looking for party hosts to plan small outside gatherings for the spring or even lectures and classes via zoom. We hope to offer larger post-vaccine gatherings in the Fall. Host with your friends or other parents from your class. Our goal is to offer a mix of casual, fun, and fancy events for parents. 
    • Hikes in local open space or urban areas. 
    • Cocktail parties for moms only.
    • Cooking classes or demonstrations. 
    • Luncheons or brunches highlighting books, speakers, or other topics. 
    • Group workouts or adventures like cycling, tennis, golf, yoga, mountain biking, urban races, or scavenger hunts.
    • Games nights or lunches with play and/or instruction in bridge, poker, bunco, mah jong or other games.
    • Evening parties for 10-30 guests. Some themes include:
    • Progressive dinner or cocktails (3 homes within walking distance).
    • Wine or other drink/food "tasting" party; or Farm-to-Table outdoor supper
    • A favorite TV show pr cult Movie theme like Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Dallas, the Godfather, Indiana Jones, Star Wars
    • Global cuisines like Mexican, French, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Japanese.
    • Special Events Viewing – Super Bowl, Oscars.
    Great Creative! 
    To donate a Count Me In party click here
    For a worksheet of ideas, click here 
  • Sponsorship

    This year like no other, we will depend on generous Benefactors to support our largest school Fundraiser, PrioryStrong. This one check donation will include your Fund A Future gift as well as your benefit donation - you will be allowed to designate the percentage for each gift. We are most grateful to all of our donors.
  • Volunteer

    JOIN US 
    We need all of you to keep PrioryStrong! Whether you have a few hours or a few minutes, we have large and small projects to help us reach our fundraising goals. Please contact Benefit Chair Malvika Behl or Priory's Development Associate Stephanie Kruse to learn how to get involved.

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Have a question, donation, or want to help? Please contact the Benefit Team at 

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  • Photo of Stephanie Kruse

    Stephanie Kruse 

    Associate Director of Events and Engagement
    (650) 851-6101

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