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2023 Spring Gala - The Great Gatsby Gala

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The Great Gatsby Gala
The 2023 Spring Gala will raise funds to refurbish the library and help purchase new outdoor play structures for the elementary and preschool campuses.

2022 Spring Gala

One Night in LaLaLand
On Saturday, May 21st, 2022, hundreds of members of the St. James’ community came together to celebrate the gala theme of One Night In LaLa Land.

The school was transformed into local LA neighborhoods—Koreatown, Hollywood, Silverlake and Downtown. Tarot card readers, a typewriter poet, a silhouette artist, mini golf, photo booth and karaoke ‘room’ provided entertainment to compliment the food and drinks everyone enjoyed. With a silent auction including grade baskets generously donated by the school community, and a live raise on the night, the record-breaking gala raised close to $400,000. The 2022 gala funds will support the afterschool performing arts program including the Spring production taking place at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.

The new tradition of honoring leadership volunteers who have dedicated their time and talents to St. James’ went to Trustees, Rich Chisholm and Hubert T. Smith and President of the Parent Association, Clara Martin. Dr. Pat Thomas was also honored for her time leading the preschool as its Director extraordinaire.

One month prior, on April 21st, 2022, a philanthropic group of families enjoyed dinner in the garden at the Head of School House as sponsors of the gala. Their financial gifts entirely support the Beyond School program for the year ahead. Beyond School classes have grown from an initial offering of 10 classes in its inception trimester to nearly 60 classes this Fall.

Enormous Thanks to our Gala Sponsors

  • Marina & David Goyer
  • Ki & Hyung G Kim
  • Tae & EJ Shin
  • Peter & Irene Chung
  • Anonymous
  • Sonny & Elizabeth Chang
  • James & Jessica Chu
  • Joshua & Dajung Chae
  • SJS Parent Association
  • Janet Shim & Taos Huskey
  • Courtney Kemp
  • Jake & Katie Ahn
  • Roy & Ashley Kim
  • Margaret Lee & David Bommarito
  • Sarah & Jack O’Brien
  • Esther Chang & Matthew Hanna
  • Erica Hanson & Ike Barinholtz
  • Richard & Tricia Hoffman
  • Josh McCloskey & Diana Suh
  • Eric Andersen & Jeet Sohal
  • Aeysha Carr & Curtis Spears
  • Caroline Choe & Jin S. Chun
  • Susannah & Noah Laracy
  • Brian Curran & Kevin MacLellan
  • Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood

Gala Committee Members
The gala committee was the largest it has ever been and these extraordinary volunteers put on a night that will go down in the St. James’ history books. Alongside the Gala Committee, many St. James’ parents volunteered their time on the day of the event and Mike Selsky offered his talents to design all of the gala artwork.

  • Frances Armantrout
  • Cat Baker
  • Aeysha Carr
  • Caroline Choe
  • Talita Choudhury
  • Erin David
  • Dennis Dennehy
  • Yolanda Felton
  • Nekesha Kyle
  • Susannah Laracy
  • Jessica Lim
  • Jennifer Lin
  • August Martin
  • Jina Park
  • Lois Park
  • Diana Ra-Lee
  • Jonathan Sanford
  • EJ Shin
  • Jamie Son