The Mt. Shasta Education Foundation’s 21st Starlight Gala, a fundraiser for programs that would otherwise go unfunded in Mount Shasta public schools, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4.

Considered by some to be Mt. Shasta’s social event of the year, the theme for 2017 is “Bow Ties and Tiaras.” It’s scheduled to open at 6 p.m. sharp in the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street.

The evening begins with a wide array of freshly prepared hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and more than 100 silent auction items. The night continues with a dessert auction and wraps up with a live auction of seven items described in a press release as “top-quality.”

Bow ties and tiaras are encouraged but not required, according to Gala planner Jocette Fugitt. Door prizes are given out at evening’s end. Shasta Living Photography will provide a free photo booth for guests.

The evening is usually a sellout, so organizers suggest purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door and are available at The Fifth Season and Mount Shasta Elementary School. Those who reserve a table for 10 in advance will receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

All proceeds go to Mount Shasta public schools (K-12).

This year’s auction items, as described in the press release, include:

• A one-of-a-kind experience awaits the winners of this special auction item. The setting is Shadow Valley Ranch, a 1,500-acre estate created by George Vanderbilt in the 1940s as a private paradise for family and friends. Current owners John Jacobson and Michael Mertens will welcome 12 guests to this idyllic retreat with its expansive grounds and stunning views of Mt. Shasta.

Inside the newly constructed grand manor house, guests will enjoy a multicourse dinner with fine wines planned by Chef Brett LaMott of Cafe Maddalena.

• La-Z-Boy recliner from Ron’s Furniture & Appliances.

• Intro to backcountry skiing offered by Shasta Mountain Guides and The Fifth Season, including instruction, rentals, and a Campack day pack.

• A $50 gift card to Lucille’s Tavolino for every month of the year.

• A $500 gift card to Berryvale Grocery.

• 14k yellow gold tanzanite earrings from Jon Thomas Fine Jewelry.

• Artwork by local artists Karrie Ann Snure, Mei Drucker, Janette Brown, and Chris Messer.

• Private beer-tasting party by ShastaRain.

• Handcrafted bird houses, woodwork, pottery, and jewelry.

• Danby red refrigerator from Solano’s.

• Gift cards to Directions, Dos Geckos, Couch Critics, Burger Express, and Sage Restaurant.

• One-month pass to Stoneway Crossfit.

• And much more.

For more information about the Gala, visit ourmsef.org or check out Mount Shasta Education Foundation on Facebook.

For more information, to make a donation, or to reserve a table call Lori Harch at 530-926-1001.

-- Editor's note: This article includes the correct website address (ourmsef.org) for the Mount Shasta Education Foundation. It was incorrectly published in the print edition of the Mount Shasta Area Newspapers on Oct. 11, 2017.