What Is the Crimson & Gold Gala?

More than a one-night-a-year annual dinner auction, Gala is a year-round series of fun events, raffles and auctions that collectively raise funds to benefit all Bishop Fenwick students, with proceeds supporting academics, athletics and many other extracurricular activities.

That said — the much anticipated, cornerstone Crimson & Gold Gala “main event” is an exciting and unforgettable evening attended by parents, alumni and other friends of Bishop Fenwick High School. Each year a theme is selected to headline the event, which is held at the school each March and has become a perennial sell-out. Opening Party kicks off the weekend festivities on the Friday night before.

On Saturday evening, surrounded by Crimson & Gold decorations inspired by the theme, guests may participate in a variety of raffles while sampling hors d’oeuvres, drinks from the complimentary bar, and an elegant sit-down gourmet dinner. The Silent Auction is open throughout the evening and offers hundreds of unique items in a wide range of categories and values. Following dinner, the Live Auction is led by a professional auctioneer. With coveted tickets for sports and entertainment events, vacation stays, stunning jewelry, must-have “Falcon” items and unique items for Fenwick supporters of all ages, the Live Auction bidding electrifies the evening while bringing in funds benefiting all students with education opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact the Crimson & Gold Office at rblank@fenwickfalcons.org or 513-727-1500.

With the Director and staff leading the effort, the Crimson & Gold Gala is one of the most successful fund raising efforts of its kind that is primarily volunteer-driven. Each year, Bishop Fenwick parent couples are named as General Chairs, under whom various committees, each headed by a chairperson, are responsible for a part of the overall effort. Volunteers make up the body of each committee, lending their time and talents to such activities as soliciting or picking up auction donations; writing for the auction catalog; creating decorations; making calls; event set-up/clean-up – these are just some of the areas where volunteer help is vital. Anyone is welcome to volunteer. 

Besides helping to raise funds, Crimson & Gold Gala volunteers form a special camaraderie that is priceless. New parents to the school meet other parents. Parents who only attended their sons’ activities now have a school activity of their own. Parents whose sons have already graduated remain connected to Bishop Fenwick Alums help other young men have the same incomparable experience they had. The work is fun, the rewards are many.

Tax-deductible donations of tangible items, gift cards, vacation stays, services, cash, etc. are welcome from merchants and business firms, Bishop Fenwick families, alumni and other friends. Many donations are collected at Gift Gathering parties, hosted by parents and organized by Falcons sports and student activities, as well as by neighborhoods. The Live Auction and Donor Renewal committees solicit the hundreds of gifts needed to make the auctions successful.

Sponsorships at varying financial levels are available for the entire event and for the individual components. For individuals, many companies offer matching donations – check to see if your employer is one that will match your contribution.

Invitations are mailed in January to current parents and those who attended past Crimson & Gold Galas. Others interested in attending the event may contact the Crimson & Gold Gala office. Your paid reservation includes bar, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner and dessert.

The Crimson & Gold Gala is more than a yearly dinner auction fundraiser — it is a year-round series of events, raffles and online auctions that collectively raise funds to benefit Bishop Fenwick students through educational programs and tuition assistance.

Proceeds from the Crimson & Gold Gala benefit all Bishop Fenwick students. From Academics, Athletics, Band, Blueprint, Mock Trial and Falcon Chorus to Campus Ministry, Community Service and Mission Trips, every student benefits from your generosity!





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