Sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization and supported by the Development Office, the annual gala is a glamorous evening of fine dining, entertainment, dancing, and silent and live auction bidding in support of key elements of the operating budget. Its foremost objective is to raise significant funds to support STEM, Arts, Library & Athletic programs at DIS. Tuition alone does not cover extra costs associated with these programs and guests are invited to donate to help reach the fundraising goal.
Our Cruise Jamaica Gala took place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred. In 2019 we celebrate the Year of South Africa!
Each year the Gala builds upon a tradition of giving at DIS; annual proceeds have made the following purchases possible:
• Lower school playground equipment
• Technology in the classroom (3D printers, SMART boards, projectors)
• Library books and subscriptions
• STEM lab equipment
• Music recording studio
The evening begins with a silent auction during a cocktail reception. Guests can also purchase a bottle of wine in our Wine Pull.
A seated dinner offers a meal of fine dining and wine pairings based on the Country of the Year. Guests are seated at tables according to suggestions they have given when ordering their tickets or with a group that has sponsored the event.
Entertainment is followed by the presentation of the DIS Prix de L’Amitié award to an individual in the community who has helped further the mission of DIS. Our 2018 recipients were the Naylor Family.
After dinner, we hold a live auction followed by a "Paddle Up" portion when guests can make dollar donations. The dinner concludes with a drawing for the Tuition Raffle and the announcement of the country that will be celebrated during the next school year.
Guests are then invited to dance; music is provided by a live band. All guests who have purchased items (or have the winning bid) check-out to finalize payment and pick up any purchased items.
Your support is invaluable to Dallas International School. Thank you for joining us each year for this memorable evening and giving so generously!