About the Saint John's Gala

Each year, the Saint John's community gathers to celebrate alumni, parents, and friends of the school who have made an impact on Saint John's and its students. In addition to being a night honoring select people who have contributed to the Saint John's experience, the Gala is a fundraising event that consists of a Silent Auction, and "Pioneers Care" Fund-a-Program with opportunities to support the school in many ways. The Gala is one of Saint John's most anticipated traditions!


Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open!

Gala Mission

The annual Gala celebrates the founding of Saint John’s High School and pays tribute to the Xaverian Brothers, lay faculty, staff and the generations of Saint John’s alumni and the parents whose dedication and sacrifice have made Saint John’s the prominent school that it is today. Proceeds from the Gala will enhance the school’s general scholarship fund, thereby benefiting future generations of Saint John’s students. Please join us for this special evening as we celebrate all that we are as a Xaverian Brothers sponsored school.

2018 Honorees

Xaverian Brother
Brother Richard Mazza, C.F.X.

Thomas Buckingham ’95
John ’78 and Thomas ’81 Altomare

Saint John’s Family
The Choquette Family GP’17,’19

Jeanne M. Depasse P’01,’04

Bro. J. Conal Owens, C.F.X. Award
for Distinguished Service to Saint John’s High School
Col. A. Russell Pytko, USMC (Retired) ’44

See the complete list of SJ Gala Honorees

Behind the Scenes of the 15th Annual Gala

Silent Auction

Nearly 600 guests from Saint John’s surrounding communities of Shrewsbury and beyond will gather to recognize and honor those members whose contributions and commitment to educational excellence has kept Saint John’s legacy genuine. Even though Saint John’s tuition is less than the actual cost of providing a quality education, the need for financial assistance has grown. Our goal for the Gala is to generate $140,000 for financial aid via the Silent Auction, Pioneers Care and Gala sponsors.

Every student at Saint John’s has earned the opportunity to be there. Not every student at Saint John’s can, alone, afford to be there.

There are several ways to help: a Gala Sponsorship, Program Advertisement, or a Silent Auction donation. As a sponsor, advertiser, or auction donor of an item or gift valued greater than $1,000, we will prominently display your business or family name in our Gala Program Book. We encourage you to look over the enclosed donor form and choose a way you can help to make the Silent Auction and Saint John’s Gala a success. Please remember that the fair market value of your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you in advance for considering a donation to Saint John’s High School.

2018 will feature Pioneers Care, an initiative aimed at providing funds to students who need financial assistance for Saint John's programs, from retreats and immersion programs to athletics and extracurriculars. You can "raise your paddle" during the gala to support this program!

Learn more about the Silent Auction at the Gala.

Mobile Bidding

We will bring back the option for guests to bid on silent auction items from the comfort of their own phones! Want to bid on an item in the silent auction but you're catching up with friends and classmates? All you need is a smartphone to monitor your favorite packages. Stay tuned for more.

Gala Sponsorships

It is because of the generosity of people like you that students accepted to Saint John’s are chosen based on their merit and not on their financial means. Saint John's High School is committed to students from a diversity of backgrounds, and committed to providing opportunities to families in need. The Gala is one of Saint John’s most significant fundraising events. Even though Saint John’s tuition is less than the actual cost of providing a quality education, the need for financial assistance has grown. Without this aid, many of these talented boys would not be able to receive the education they deserve and want.

Last year, we were able to raise over $120,000 which directly supported Financial Aid at Saint John’s…WE THANK YOU!

We humbly ask for your support again in the form of a sponsorship or program book advertisement and hope you will join us in making our 16th Annual Gala just as successful. Saint John’s will host nearly 600 guests from our surrounding communities on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Pioneer Business Partners

Interested in promoting your business to the diverse Saint John's community? A unique way to support the Annual Gala is to participate in the Pioneer Business Partners Program, which offers a variety of packages through which businesses can donate to the school and showcase their comapny. 
  • A substantial portion of your participation will be tax deductible.
  • Showcase your brand before our diverse community that includes executives and managers from the medical, business, law, industrial, and education sectors. 
  • Be recognized for your corporate social responsibility among community leaders.


Interested in helping to make thie year's Gala one to remember? You can sign up for any or all of the Saint John's Annual Gala committees – Silent Auction, Honorees, Logistics and Decorating. Time commitments vary but we appreciate any and all assistance whether it is one hour or many hours! Once you have signed up for a committee(s), you will be contacted by the committee co-chairs.
Please contact Events Manager Palma O'Keefe at 508-842-8934 x279

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Sponsorship Committee

    This committee is responsible for sponsorship and advertising solicitation, tracking and administration, as well as the sponsorship displays for the night of the Gala.
  • Decoration Committee

    Works with the Gala theme for appropriate decoration throughout the school, including:
    • Floral arrangements for hallways, entrances, tables
    • Centerpieces, linens and table décor
    • Typically many volunteers are needed the Friday before the Gala for set up and the Sunday after for tear down.
    • The team usually kicks off in January with an all-hands volunteer meeting to discuss ideas.
  • Honoree Committee

    Each committee member shall take ownership of one or more of the honorees.

    The committee should begin gathering biographical information, photos, articles, and Saint John’s memorabilia as early as possible. All this information should be shared with the Storyboard committee which will design and display the Honorees’ memorabilia.

    The committee writes a profile of each honoree which will be printed in the event Program Book. It is important to keep the length of the bios consistent between honorees.
  • Invitation Committee

    The team manages the assembly and mailing of the invitations to invited guests.
    The team is responsible for assembling the nametags and registration packet the last days prior to the Gala.

    The committee manages the registration and reception area during the cocktail reception the night of the event.
  • Logistics Committee

    Committee members are responsible for setting up the gym, lobby, and cafeteria on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and break down and clean up on Sunday morning.
  • Silent Auction

    There are many pieces that are coordinated by the Silent Auction committee to ensure a successful auction – from soliciting auction items, to tracking items and donor information, to putting auction items into packages, to preparing the auction tables/displays the day of the Gala and establishing procedures for the check-out process. This committee works on all of these tasks to make the auction a fun, successful and profitable part of the Gala. 

    Committee members will make follow-up calls.

    A committee member should be responsible for database entry and assigning package numbers

    A committee member should be designated ownership of the online auction promotion and closure prior to the Gala.

    The committee coordinates the Preview Book of all silent auction items for all guests to use while “shopping” at the auction. 

    The committee coordinates and operates the check-in and check-out procedures the night of the Gala.
  • Storyboard Committee

    The committee creates the large standing banners to showcase the honorees during the Gala. 

    The team works closely with the honoree team to obtain a feel for the honoree’s biography and contributions to Saint John’s.

    This is a creative opportunity for anyone who may have some graphic design experience and is willing to work with the graphic company who prints the storyboard.

2016 "Inspire-Instill-Ignite" Gala

2016 "Inspire-Instill-Ignite" Gala

2015 "Tradition & Progress" Gala

2015 "Tradition & Progress" Gala

2014 "See the Impact" Gala

2014 "See the Impact" Gala