Adventure! Surprise! Excitement!

No, it’s not a trip to the science center. (Those are great, but this event is just for you, and has wine).

Clear your calendar for the evening of Saturday, May 4, because you’re invited to go Around the World in 80 Days at Woodinville Montessori School’s annual Gala & Auction.

We are Gena Schirer and Alex LaFontaine, and we are delighted to be your 2019 Gala Co-Chairs. We’ve moved the gala to a new location this year–you’ll love the elegant ballroom at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville–and the globe-trotting theme is such fun! If you’ve never gone to a gala, or if you’ve lapsed on the tradition in the past, this is the year to attend.

We know it’s going to be an awesome night. But we’re not there yet—we need your help to pull off the school’s single biggest fundraising event of the year.

What can you do right now to help?

  1. Find auction items! Big and small, we need them all. (Sorry, we’ll stop.) Do you know a business owner? Ask them if they can donate an item or service to our auction. They’d love the chance to get their name front and center at a major event like this. And don’t forget to ask yourself what YOU can offer. Maybe you have a skill you could donate? Seahawks tickets? A weekend at your vacation house? An old family heirloom you can’t wait to get rid of? Maybe a dusty bottle of Château Lafite? We’ve posted below the paperwork you need to secure a donation. Just remember: it never hurts to ask.
  2. Volunteer as our Procurement Chair! No, you don’t have to find all the stuff on your own—as you can see from point 1, we’re asking everyone to procure items for the auction, but we need an auction king or queen to make sure it all stays organized. It’s a great role for someone who loves a good spreadsheet and wants to join the crack team of hardworking parents already on the gala team. It’s super fun and honestly, you’ll make the best friends working on the gala. (We sure did!) Email Gena and Alex at if you can join the team.

No matter how you get involved—whether you help secure auction items, put time in as a volunteer, or simply attend with a smile—we’re glad you’re a part of this journey with us.

Gena and Alex

Forms for auction items

WMS Gala Auction Sponsorship Form 2018-19

WMS Gala Auction Procurement Form 2018-19