Gala FAQs

GALA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the Gala?

While ACS is in a stable and good financial position due to the fiscal prudence of our school leadership, the school relies on generous contributions to the annual gala and the ACS Excellence Fund to provide our students with the highest levels of excellence in academics, athletics the arts and service learning, ensuring ACS delivers on its mission today and in the future. With tuition providing 98% our school's income, your support boosts student achievement and helps ACS keep tuition increases at an absolute minimum for all families.

Each year, the Gala Committee, working in concert with the Board of Trustees' Institution Advancement Committee and School Leadership, organizes an annual gala fundraiser to support these efforts.

What is the this Year's Theme?
Believe in the Power of Possibilities
Having the Vision & Wisdom to Believe in a World Yet Imagined

What Happens During the Evening?
6:30 Welcome Reception/Silent Auction
Canapés and passed wine and bubbly

8:00 Dinner/Award Presentation/Live Auction/Dancing
Fabulous Three-Course dinner/Dessert Buffet
Includes wine

How much does the gala cost and what does it include?
The starting price for tickets is 500 dhs per person and includes the welcome reception with canapés, passed wine and bubbly and mocktails; a three-course dinner with wine; and dancing.

There are also opportunities to join the benefit committee and sponsor teachers with your ticket purchase. Corporate sponsors have a variety of benefit levels available to them starting at the 10,000 dhs level.

What is the GO VIPERS! Benefit Committee?
There are two opportunities to join the Benefit Committee and support the gala at a higher level:

3,000 AED per couple (2 tickets)
- Preferred seating
- Sponsor 2 teacher tickets
- Benefit Committee Listing
- VIP Majlis Access

6,000 AED per table (10 tickets)
- Preferred Table Location
- 10 Printed Invitations for your guests
- Benefit Committee Listing

What is the Attire for the Evening?
The attire for the gala is black tie optional, festive attire or your national dress. We are proudly an international community, encouraging all to wear formal attire from your native country.

Is There a Preferred Rate for Hotel Rooms at Venue?
More införmation to come.

Is There Parking Available?
Valet parking is free for gala guests.

What About Seating Requests?
If you have purchased a table, please list all 10 names of your guests. If you have not purchased a table, but would like to sit with friends please indicate their names in the Group Seating Requests box on the reservation form. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests.

What if I Cannot Attend?
Why not consider purchasing tickets to sponsor teachers, or buying an advertisement in the Gala program? You can also participate in the silent auction during the event by downloading the Gala Auction App.

Who Plans the Gala?
The gala evening is planned by a dedicated group of volunteers called the 2020 ACS Gala Committee co-chaired by Serena Carnevale & Yvette L. Campbell. The Institutional Advancement Committee of the ACS Board has oversight for all fundraising activities at the American Community School.

For More Information?
Email acsgala@acs.sch.ae