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Special Gala

The 2021 Back To Life Gala was held on campus on Saturday, June 5th and was the first in-person gathering for St. James’ parents in over a year. 

This year the proceeds from the gala supported The Greening of St. James’, a program that includes plans for a garden in which students will grow vegetables and fruits that will then be served to the unhoused in the soup kitchen. 

The St. James’ families who generously sponsored the Gala gifted donations that will help fund the 2021-2022 Beyond School tuition-inclusive enrichment program. As you may know, over 170 of our students take classes through Beyond School, ranging from podcasting to Latin to ISEE prep. Beyond School is not funded through the budget -- it is made possible through the school's philanthropy efforts, particularly the annual gala. 

The Back To Life Gala was a wonderful night! We honored two of St. James’ longest serving teachers, Paru Kammula and Nancy Vermette, who retired at the end of the school year; we watched a video of the students and staff dancing around school to a summer music medley; we ate a delicious dinner from some of LA’s finest food trucks; we inducted the first two honorees into the Husky Hall of Fame, Jeffrey Armour and Dorothy Kim, and at the end of the night, the silent auction raised a record amount! 

We are deeply grateful to the 2021 Gala Committee for all their hard work; Jina Park (Chair), Perrine Bakhshay, Caroline Chiles, Erin David, Lenore Douglas, Yolanda Felton, Teresa Keith, Luci Kim, Susannah Laracy and Sarah O’Brien. 

Our heartfelt thanks goes to this year’s Gala Sponsors for their generous support

Ki & Hyung Kim
EJ & Tae Hyun Shin
Tom Swan & Joe Townley
Jake & Katie Ahn
Eric Andersen & Jeet Sohal
Ike Barinholtz & Erica Hansen
Rich Chisholm & Lois Perrin
Talita Choudhury & Josh Neuman
James & Jessica Chu
Caroline Choe & Jin Chun
Allan Edmiston & Jennifer Lin
David & Marina Goyer
Brian Curran & Kevin MacLellan
Esther Chang & Matthew Hanna
Richard & Tricia Hoffman
Eric & Juliet Kwon
Noah & Susannah Laracy
Brian & Diana Ra Lee