Off to See the Wizard

Lions and Tigers and Panthers, Oh My! What a night, the Priory community came out in force to support our Off to See the Wizard Gala in our glamorous Oz-inspired  ballroom.  

We are very grateful to our underwriters, donors and attendees!
There's no place like Priory!

Hayley Parr & Janel Lehman
2024 Gala Chairs

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  • Consider Sponsorship or Underwriting

    Consider participating as Off to See the Wizard Sponsor.
    Each Gala is the result of the contributions of time and resources from many members of our community. An important form of support is through Sponsorship to help offset costs. This year we have three different and exciting sponsorship levels to offer. 
    Show your Brains
    At this $1,000 underwriting level, you will receive:
        2 tickets to the Off to See the Wizard Gala
    One dozen (over the) Rainbow Macaron

    Show your Courage
    At this $2,500 underwriting level, you will receive:
        2 tickets to the Off to See the Wizard Gala
    One dozen (over the) Rainbow Macaron
    Priory Picnic Basket
    Recognition on our website

    Show your Heart
    At this $5,000 underwriting level, you will receive
     2 tickets to the Off to See the Wizard Gala 
    One dozen (over the) Rainbow Macaron
    Priory Picnic Basket
    Bottle of Champagne
    Recognition on our website and at the Gala

    If you would like to sponsor our 2024 Gala at one of these three levels, click here

    Or please consider becoming an underwriter. If you would like to donate to help a specific  Live auction item, please contact Stephanie Kruse
  • Off to See the Wizard- What to Expect

    Priory's Gala, Off to See the Wizard will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 5:30 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. What to expect, see our Gala Guide here.

    With more than 300 parents, teachers, and staff in attendance, the evening will include cocktails, a seated dinner, a wine raffle, our Live Auction including Fund-a-Future and dancing.
  • Off to See the Wizard Wish List

    Searching for Auction Items!
    We hope to offer lots of and exotic locales for Off to See the Wizard. Here are some examples of what sell well: 
    • Vacation Homes in Hawaii, Mexico, Napa and Carmel
    • Hotel Stays & Weekend Getaways
    • Tickets to Concerts, Sporting Games, Symphony or Musicals
    • Special Access to Wineries and Backstage Passes
    • Access to Private Chefs and Private Aviation
    • Once in Lifetime Memory Moments
    • Jewelry 
    • Restaurant and Spa Gift Certificates
    • Golf Foursomes at Country Clubs 
    • Special Wine & Spirits
    • Count Me-In Parties for Adults and Kids
    Ready to donate now, click here
  • Dress to Impress

    What to wear? 
    Pick you green -- emerald or forest, Spring or olive. Whatever is in the back of the closet with your version of ruby slippers. You will see it all, whether dressed for Oz or a night on the town, just come ready to see the Wizard and celebrate with heart, brains and courage!

    To get you inspired, we’ve put together a look book with some ideas, see here.

  • Invitations & Registration

    Priory's Off to See the Wizard Gala invitations will be mailed in early February. Our Silent Auction will be entirely online, so it’s essential to register if you want to get your hands on our extraordinary offerings like vacation homes, fine wines, and sports tickets.  Our Silent Auction will open on Wednesday March 13th and close on Monday March 18th at noon.
  • How Seating Works

    Let us know who you would like to sit with here. Gather your friends and create your table of ten.  If you don’t wish to form a table of ten, we will do our best to seat you with parents from your grade(s).
  • How Does the Wine Raffle Work

    Instantly upgrade your wine cellar with just one raffle ticket. We will offer nine opportunities for you to win one of our wine groupings. We have gathered a fabulous assortment of fine wine, see here --  all with excellent ratings, each bottle is worth on average $97.00, and most with 90 points and above on the Parker scale.

    – 1 ticket for $100
    – 3 tickets for $250
    – 7 tickets for $500 
    – 15 tickets for $1,000

    You will have an opportunity to buy your wine raffle tickets when you register to attend, and at any time up until the afternoon of the Gala. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to upgrade your own personal wine collection. 
  • Silent Auction - online only

    Our Off the See the Wizard Silent Auction catalog is online only. Don't forget to register ahead of time, so you can receive an email/text to get instant notification when our online auction is opening and closing. We offer several online categories
    • Parties-- both Count Me In and Buy the whole
    • Travel & Tickets -- Vacation homes and tickets to events,
    • Only at Priory -- items made by our Monks and Staff
    • Great Finds - gift certificates to stores and services
    Silent Auction Schedule:
    Wednesday March 13th - Silent Auction Opens at 10:00am
    Monday March 18th - Silent Auction Closes at 12:00pm

    Bidding – Strategize Ahead of Time
    There are three ways to bid on silent items. 
    • A traditional bid: place a fixed-amount bid on an item, and you will be notified through the bidding app on your phone if your bid has been exceeded by another bidder.
    • Buy It Now: allows you to purchase an item right away for a fixed price, rather than bid on it. Once you Buy It Now, that item is no longer up for auction, and is yours.  Many of the silent items will have Buy It Now pricing.
    • Max Bid: you set a maximum bid for yourself, and the system will automatically bid in your favor until that max bid is reached. If your bid is lower than another bidder’s highest max bid on that package, you will be prompted to enter a higher bid. Many silent items will have Max Bid pricing.
    • For live items, there will be bid paddles at your table for you to hold up during the Live Auction. If you would like to bid on a Live Item and can not attend the Gala, please contact Stephanie Kruse to place your bids
  • Bidding With Friends

    Often groups of friends decide to bid on an item together; this happens often with “buy the whole” parties or live items. If you want to purchase an item with friends, reach out to your friends before the Gala to form a syndicate. Prior to bidding, agree on who is in the group and the maximum you are all willing to pay for the item. You can be a member of more than one group as long as you aren’t the lead bidder and you don’t share the maximum bid of the groups you’re participating in. The “lead bidder” does the bidding, and the cost of the item is split between the group members.  
  • Support Priory's Fund A Future

    Our Fund-A-Future campaign secures resources for Priory's financial aid fund. Did you know that one in five students receives financial assistance at Priory? During the Live Auction, you can hold up your paddle at different donation levels to support financial aid.  We hope we can count on you to support this vital and cherished part of the evening.
We are grateful for our 
2024 Underwriters

Show Your Heart Level
Jim Carr and Nghi Huynh
Wendy & Stefan Dyckerhoff
Wendy & Tim McAdam
Hayley & Sam Parr
Nicole & Paul Ricci
Lisa & Greg Stanger
Lorraine Twohill & Peter Davis

Show Your Courage Level
Emily & Lance Conn
Silicon Valley Bank
Prakruthi Arkesh & Naveen Javarappa

Show Your Brains Level
Carrie & Mark Casey
Stephanie & Bob Day
Midori Kato-Maeda & Jeff Herman
Janel & Dave Lehman
Nirmala and Rajiv Patni
Amanda & Chris Peiffer
Callie & John Turk


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  • Photo of Stephanie Kruse

    Stephanie Kruse 

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

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