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OCS Virtual Gala a Rousing Success

BY ANY STANDARD OF MEASURE, THE OAKS CHRISTIAN

Despite the online nature, registered guests got into the

VIRTUAL GALA, "TOGETHER, A DAY TO GIVE," WAS

spirit of the event, hosting watch parties at their homes,

A ROUSING SUCCESS, NETTING OVER $740,000

some complete with catered meals, elegant dinners and

THROUGH SPONSORSHIPS, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION

outdoor cocktail hours.

ITEMS AND MOMENT TO GIVE CONTRIBUTIONS. Like many other nonprofits adjusting to the pandemic, Oaks Christian hosted a virtual gala for the first time ever, raising the

enjoyed watching along with others.

second highest amount in school history, second only to its last

“I loved gathering with other OCS parents in a social

in-person gala with former President George Bush and First

setting especially after the year we’ve had. It was just so

Lady Laura Bush at the Reagan Presidential Library in 2019.

nice to hang out and watch the gala together,” she said. “It

“What an amazing virtual event! We are so grateful to God for all He has done in and through our generous donors to

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OCS parent Jean Kim and her family hosted a party at their home, and while they missed an in-person event, they

definitely wasn’t the same, but the school definitely made it the best it could be… all in all, it was SO much fun!!”

make this night and this school year a success,” said Chief

Fellow OCS parent Ryan O’Quinn, along with his wife,

Development Officer Eddie Moore. “Students’ lives are

cohosted the event with the Echevarria family and two

blessed through Oaks Christian School, and the future is

other OCS families at the Echevarria home.”

bright because we are able to continue sending young men

“While it was no comparison to an in-person event, it

and women out into the world with minds for leadership and

was far better than having no event. We made the best of it

hearts for service. We couldn’t do it without you, our amazing

by casting the full program on the big screen and enjoying

community of partners and supporters. Thank you!”

each other's company,” said O’Quinn. “I personally enjoyed

The online event saw lively bidding action on items, such as

the touches of seeing the students showcase some of

a European river cruise, a week-long African Safari, an exclusive

their gifts on behalf of the gala, such as the music at the

Dodger packet with Orel Hershiser, a purebred Labrador Retriever,

top, the song on the beach at the end (of the livestream). It

a Napa Valley Wine tour and more. The highest package, a Mexican

helps underscore the reason we are all a part of this amaz-

Villa vacation extravaganza, topped the bidding at $35,000!

ing school,” he added.

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