Friday, August 26, 2016

Have you reserved your table yet?

Do you know what you get when you reserve a table at the Gala? 
  • Reserved seating for the whole night!
  • Ability to reserve seats and/or share a table with friends
  • Bar service at your table with professional wait staff available for our guests with reserved seating.
  • Shorter check-in through VIP entrance

Reserved Seating* with Bar Service Available for:

Table of 2$200 |  Table of 4$350 Table of 6: $500  |  Table of 10: $1000

Click Here to purchase your table! September 22nd is the deadline!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2nd Annual Teacher/Staff Ticket Initiative

The ISL PTO will be raising money to help our campus’ teachers and staff members attend the Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala.  This was very successful last year. All campuses were able to buy tickets for every staff member who wished to attend.
Our wonderful teachers and staff members are the core of what makes our school great. We want them to join the ISL community in celebrating our school at the gala, and need your help to make this happen.
Please consider sending a donation in any amount with your child prior to September 8th. Donations will be placed into a pool from which teacher/staff tickets will be purchased.

You will receive a Teacher/Staff Ticket Initiative flyer in the upcoming weeks. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

What is the Teacher Ticket Initiative?

What is the Teacher Ticket Initiative?

Each year ISL hosts a Gala- Refrigerator Art Auction & Gala.

This is one of only two campaigns ISL holds to raise funds for programming, services, and resources not covered by state and federal funds. This year is our 13th one!

We are very excited that we get to do this every year. The money our Gala raises goes to our operational budget. To read “Where does the money go” article click here.

Based on our budget and offerings, the Gala costs ISL $67.00 per person. Tickets to the gala cost attendees $75.00 per person, $140.00 per couple. As you can see, at most, we only make about $10 per person from the ticket sales. Our event is priced that way to attract more attendees who will then bid on the auction items. Our profit comes from our auction and our sponsorships. Because of this, we cannot afford to give complimentary tickets to anyone. However, we always enjoy having our staff at the event, supporting the efforts to give back to our school.

Luckily, we have some amazing parents many of whom donate each year to sponsor teachers to attend the gala at no cost to the teachers. Development works closely with the parents to generate enough funds to sponsor teacher tickets for those employees who have expressed an interest in attending and requested a Teacher Ticket for the gala by the specified DUE DATE.

One parent from each campus has stepped up and wants to make this initiative work!
  • Tiffani Brown-Banks (Uptown/Mid-City)
  • Julie Gillis (Jefferson)
  • Dr. Erica Murray (Westbank)
These parents have agreed to lead the efforts to raise funds to cover teacher tickets for the teachers that request a ticket by the due date.

Things you need to know:

  • You’ll receive an email from a parent with Teacher Ticket Initiative instructions (This will probably be forwarded to you from your campus office)
  • You’ll need to respond to the parent who emailed you NO LATER than Friday, August 12, 2016 if you would like to request a Teacher Ticket. This is a hard and fast deadline for ALL campuses, no exceptions, no late requests will be accepted.
    • The Teacher Tickets are non-transferable. This is important! This means, the parents donate towards the purchase of a ticket for the Teachers who requested tickets since this is what is outlined in the letter requesting the donation. Under fundraising ethical obligations, ISL may not transfer a parent's donation to another individual not on that list even if it is another staff member.
    • Parents have requested that if a staff member is unable to attend the gala after a donation has been made, that the donation is then made directly to ISL and not to another individual. Under donor rights, ISL must honor this request.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thank you, Monty!

A HUGE thank you from all of us at the International School of Louisiana to Monty! for his donation of a 40"x 30" wrapped canvas original "I Have A Dream" his tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., one of his newest pieces.
IN ADDITION, to this substantial gift, Monty! has also agreed to donate 50% of sales of the 11x17 print! To purchase the "11X17" print, contact Monty! directly at
TO BID on the 40" X 30" canvas original, check back and bid on our online auction or the night of the Gala!!!
Monty! is a visual artist from the New Orleans area. He works with pastels, Copic markers, acrylic paint, pencil, ink and Adobe Creative Suite.

Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 Gala Committe

We are so excited to welcome our 2016 Gala Committee! Thank you for your time and energy to make this year's gala the most successful yet. Our Refrigerator Art Auction & Gala is our premier fundraising event. Proceeds from our gala support our enrichment programming and foreign language education and supply needs at our school. To find out more about our event, click here.

2016 Gala Committee

  13th Annual Refrigerator Art Auction & Gala
Blythe Craft (Uptown/Camp)
Brandon Ferguson (Westbank/Olivier)
Elena Countiss (Uptown/Camp)
Emily Thomas (CMO)
Dr. Erica Murray (Westbank/Olivier)
Holly Baker (Jefferson/Bunche)
Jessica Pedalino (Jefferson/Bunche)
Julie Gills (Jefferson/Bunche)
Leila Rodriguez (Community)
Lindsay Foret (Jefferson/Bunche)
Lucia Hammer (Uptown/Camp)
Melissa Montero (Uptown/Camp)
Rachael Swanson (Jefferson/Bunche)

Santiago Martin (Jefferson/Bunche)

Shannon Saavedra Apostol (Community)
Tiffani Brown-Banks (Uptown/Camp)
Urtzi Cosgaya (Jefferson/Bunche)
Wendy Pineda-Welch (Jefferson/Bunche)
Wendy Wiltz (Jefferson/Bunche)

Gala Volunteers:

Andy Baker (Jefferson/Bunche)
Karla Marcello (Jefferson/Bunche)
Charles Young (Jefferson/Bunche)  
Shannon Fazande (Uptown/Camp)

Want to get involved? 
Volunteering is a wonderful way to get involved, get to know your ISL community better, and make a direct and tangible difference at our school through its programming. To find out more about fundraising at ISL and the way your donations impact our programming, please click here.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Pre-Event:
    • Distribute Gala Material at campus meeting
    • Refer a business for an item donation or sponsorship
    • Donate a fridge door
    • Help with Auction Item Pick Up
    • Help with Auction Item Packaging at our office
    • Help us label Silent Auction packages for the Gala
  • Day of Event:
    • Food Pick Up and Drop off at venue
    • Flower Pick Up and Drop off at venue
    • Fridge Art Auction Set Up- Event Day Art Installation
    • Sell Raffle Tickets at the Gala
  • Any volunteer working 8 volunteer hours directly with the Department of Institutional Development (including 2 hours for on the morning of the Gala for set up, 2 hours during the Gala, and at least 4 hours pre-event) will receive a complimentary ticket to the Gala. Contact 504-229-4375 for additional questions or to sign up as a Gala Volunteer

For more information, visit our Volunteer Corner by clicking HERE.

Refrigerator Doors

We want old refrigerator doors! Local artists recycle old fridge doors into pieces of art for our Fridge Art Auction.

If you or anyone you know has a fridge door your could donate, let us know! We want the door! We will accept any style, color, or type.

You can call 504.229.4375 or email us with any questions.