Sunset Gala 2023

Friday, March 24th | 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Palm Event Center

$122.95/person (prior to Mar 3rd) 
$150/person from Mar 3rd until sold out (price includes processing fees)

Yee-haw! It's Gala Time!

We're kickin' up our heels and doin' the two-step! It's that time of year again and we're delighted to bring back this annual event. Our dedicated gala committee has been busy planning what is sure to be an amazing night for us to come together and raise funds for our school.


As Sunset's largest fundraising event of the year, Sunset Gala provides much-needed income for a number of important programs like physical education, campus beautification, technology upgrades and grants for teachers, science and our school library.


This year, we're pulling on our cowboy boots and celebrating rodeo style! So break out your bolo tie, pull on those Wranglers and get ready for a hootin'-good time! Enjoy dinner, dancing and an abundance of curated themed baskets to bid on. We'll also have some fun raffles, including a chance to win four tickets to see Shania Twain in concert! Every dollar we raise benefits our kids and school community.


New start time: Doors open at 5:30, with bar service starting at 6:00 p.m.


UPDATE: We're excited to be able to offer a few extra tickets; however, due to the additional staff requred by the venue, the ticket price has increased to $150 (including fees). This event will sell out, so don't delay -- purchase your tickets today and join us for an incredible night!

Tickets will be available on Friday March 3rd at 12:00 noon through March 9th, or until they sell out (whichever comes first).

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Questions? Check out our FAQ section below. 

This Year's Highlights
  • Shania Twain tickets - Enter our raffle for your chance to see her perform live in concert!
  • Give the Gift of Gala by purchasing a ticket for a teacher or staff member to attend the Gala. 
  • Sunset Parking Spaces return to the live auction menu again this year. The winning bidder will receive exclusive access to a designated spot in the school parking lot for the 2023-2024 school year. 
  • Teacher Experiences - Bid on a unique opportunity for your child to spend time with their teacher.

All ticket sales will offset our expenses so that ALL funds raised will go back to Sunset!


Raffle Tickets

Enter to win one of our exciting raffle prizes: 
  • Shania Twain Concert tickets* ($25) Enter to win four (4) tickets to see this Grammy-award winner live on May 26, 2023 at Shoreline Amphitheater
  • Family Adventure Pack** ($25) Experience all the thrills with two (2) tickets to Hurricane Harbor in Concord and four (4) tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo
  • Mystery Wine Pull** ($15) Feeling adventurous? Enter to win one of several mystery bottles of wine. Purchase a raffle ticket today and "pull" your mystery wine bottle at the event 

*Raffle for Shania Twain tickets is open to all; no need to be present at the Gala to win.


**Family Adventure Pack and Mystery Wine Pull raffle winners must attend Gala and be present to participate. All items will need to be picked up at the end of the evening.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

One of the best ways to support our school is by becoming an event sponsor. As the largest fundraiser for Sunset Elementary, it is also the most well-attended events of the year, and all of the proceeds from the evening go directly toward supporting much-needed programs like physical education, teacher development and grants. Sponsorship levels are listed below, each with an opportunity to reach the Sunset Elementary community of parents, teachers and staff. 
  • All Star Cowboy Sponsor - $2000
  • Bucking Bronco  - $750
  • Rodeo Clown - $500
  • Barrel Racing - $250
  • Cow Milking - $100

Check out our sponsorship flyer for more details, or contact our Olga Bahu at


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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Gala?

The Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year, and will be held Friday, March 24th at the Palm Event Center. This is an adult-only event and an opportunity for parents to come together to celebrate and raise funds for our school.


What do the funds from Gala go towards?

The PTO works closely with our principal, teachers and parents to provide funding for programs that go beyond the scope of our school budget and that benefit all of the students at Sunset. Currently the PTO is helping to fund physical education, campus beautification, technology upgrades and grants for teachers, science and our school library. A small amount of the money raised goes toward community-building events such as movie nights, family bingo and the pancake breakfast.


What are the class baskets I’m being asked to donate to?

Each classroom is assigned a Gala Basket Coordinator, who is responsible for collecting goods and services or monetary donations, so that we can put together amazing auction baskets. These baskets are a highlight of the evening and bid on by gala attendees during our silent auction.
Please note: you must be present to bid on auction items, and all awarded items must be taken home at the end of the evening. We apologize that we cannot hold any items beyond the night of the event.

Have something you'd like to donate? Contact the coordinator for your child's classroom or contact Erica Badger at


What is the schedule for the Gala?

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a No-Host Bar in three areas of the venue, along with passed appetizers. This will be a great time to browse the silent auction items and enter your bids. Dinner service will begin around 6:30pm and the live auction will begin shortly after. Of course, it wouldn't be a party without some dancing! 


What do I wear?

We want you to be comfortable! Some people love the opportunity to dress the theme (Rodeo & Western wear -- cowboy boots and hats, plaid work shirts, bandanas, leather wear and bolo ties are just some examples); others prefer to wear a suit and tie or a cocktail dress, while others are happy in more casual attire. You do you!


When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets will be on sale February 10th at 12:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from My Account menu under "My Forms/Paperwork." You will also have the option to purchase raffle tickets and sponsor a teacher or staff member. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to get reminders when tickets go on sale, as well as other gala-related updates.


What raffles are available? Do I need to be present to win?

We have several raffle options, including a Mystery Wine Pull, which is the only option that guarantees you'll go home with a prize.
Please note: you must be present to win the Mystery Wine Pull and Family Adventure Pack raffles and all awarded items must be taken home at the end of the evening. We apologize that we cannot hold any raffle items beyond the night of the event.


Can we select our food option?

When purchasing tickets, you will be asked to select a dinner option. Our menu selections this year include chicken, salmon, and a vegetarian option, which can be modified for a vegan diet.


My family is new to Sunset, and we don’t know anyone. Will we be wallflowers?

You will not be left standing on the sidelines, we promise! This is a warm, welcoming community and the gala is a great opportunity for you to meet other parents and start to feel like you're part of the Sunset family. In general, we make an attempt to seat you with other families in your student(s) grade level, so that you have a chance to mingle with other parents in your child's grade level.


Can I sit with my friends?

Yes, when you purchase tickets, there will be an area to list those you would like at your table. We make every attempt to honor your request. You can also choose to purchase a Table for Ten to insure that you and your friends are seated together.


How will money be raised at the event?

The bulk of the funds are raised through our live and silent auctions. Whether you make a small bid on a raffle or bid on a silent auction item -- or join forces with friends for a live auction item, there is always something for everybody at the gala! We also offer sponsorship opportunities, which any company or individual can take advantage of.



Questions? Contact Erica Badger, Gala Chair at


Please join us for the fantastic and fun-filled event! Thank you for your support!


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