Gala FAQs

What is the Gala?

Each year parents, community members, and local business owners join to bid on both live and silent auction items, with the purpose of raising funds to support our students. This fundraising event also includes complimentary champagne, seated dinner, cash bar, music and dancing.

As if that’s not enough, attending the gala is a blast! It’s the one night of the year that the adults in our community come together for an evening of friendship and fun.


Why do we have a Gala?

As a public charter school, Aspen Ridge operates on over $2,000 less per student than other public schools due to a generous portion of our state funding being used to pay for our buildings, utilities, maintenance, insurances and operating expenses not otherwise covered by the district. This means we must fund raise in order to help cover a significant portion of our educational expenses.

Throughout the years, proceeds from the auction have gone towards everything from teacher classroom discretionary funds, work tables for the art room, technology for the lower school, library shelves for the new library in the upper school, and funds for specials programs such as art, music, Spanish, and physical education.


When and where is the Gala?

Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 5:30-10:30 pm at the Boulder Country Club. The Silent Auction will begin promptly at 5:30 with complimentary champagne, followed by a seated dinner, live auction, music and dancing.

The Boulder Country Club is located at:
7350 Clubhouse Rd., Boulder, CO 80301.


How much are the tickets and what is included?

Tickets are $35 per person through March 23rd. On March 24th, they rise to $40 per person. The final day to order tickets is April 7th. The tickets include a glass of champagne upon arrival, seated dinner, a cash bar, and most importantly, a lot of fun!


What should I wear?

As the invitation says, we invite you to wear cocktail attire. This may mean different things to different people, we invite you to “dress up” but it’s certainly not required.


What kinds of items are up for bid in the auction?

There will be a range of items to bid on including fantastic trips, fun local outings, restaurants for dates and or family dinners, parties, sports tickets, beauty and fitness services, lots of delicious wine and much, much more!

Our auction will include items across all price ranges so you don’t have to worry about going broke to have a good time and help the school.

As the Gala gets closer we will start posting them here, so check back often because new items will be coming in daily.


How does the Gala acquire items for the auction?

We have a team of parent volunteers who get in touch with local and national businesses to ask them for donations. Many of our most exciting donations, however, come from ARPS families and friends who share a little part of themselves through their contributions. We would love to have a donation from every family, so if you haven’t yet contributed an item, you can find ideas and the donation form here. If you’re stumped or pressed for time, a cash donation is always a great gift that allows us to purchase the missing pieces for some of our packages.


What is the Fund-A-Need appeal?

The Fund-A-Need appeal is a segment of the live auction which involves a lively form of pledging cash donations to help us in fulfilling a specific school need. Bidding is done by raising your bidder number at the highest donation level that feels right for your family.

Feeling shy about raising your paddle during the Fund-A-Need appeal? Just contact us beforehand at and we can raise the paddle for you as an anonymous bidder.


Tell me about the “Teacher Treasures” I keep hearing about!

Each year, our amazing faculty offers up some fantastic outings and experiences to share with one or more ARPS students. These are some of the most popular items each year by far.


Is this tax deductible?

Your contribution may be tax deductible. You will receive an invoice of your purchase with our tax ID number included. Please consult with your tax preparer regarding your contribution’s deductibility.


How and when do I pay for the goods & services I purchase?

At the end of the evening, we will tally all the items you have won plus your Fund-A-Need. You’ll stop by the checkout desk on your way home to pick up your items and you can then pay by cash, check or credit card.


I can’t attend. Can I still participate?

Absolutely! Contact us beforehand at and we can arrange to have someone bid on your behalf as a proxy bidder during the live auction and the Fund-A-Need appeal.


How can I help?

There are several ways to help. You can make a cash donation that we can put toward our greatest need, whether it’s underwriting the costs of faculty and staff tickets or filling out a donation package. You can donate an item or service. And you can lend a hand in the weeks and days leading up to the Gala as we pull it all together for a terrific night. Send us an email at and we can help you figure out the best way for you to help, or you can visit our SignUp Genius page.