Education Foundation plans changes for 22nd Starlight Gala

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Cristin Harryman, left, a teacher at Mount Shasta High School, and Jasmine Borgatti, co-owner of A Cut Above, at the Mt. Shasta Education Foundation's 2017 Gala. The 2018 Gala is scheduled for Nov. 3. Photo courtesy of Karrie Ann Snure

The Mt. Shasta Education Foundation’s 22nd Starlight Gala, with a “Masquerade” theme to match has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, opening at 5:30 p.m. sharp, at the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street.

Guests must be age 21 and older and are invited to dress in cocktail attire, with an emphasis on the masquerade theme.

“We are making some changes to the Gala this year,” explains MSEF President Malou Shannon. “The most exciting change is that, for the first time, we have Gala sponsors. Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Black Bear Diner, and the Rohlen Foundation have each donated $1,000.

“Through these three generous donations, the entire cost of the Gala will be covered, so that 100 percent of the money we make will go directly to Mount Shasta’s public schools. We are very grateful for their generous support and excited that the community will have this opportunity to contribute more than ever to our schools!”

The Foundation is also shaking things up a bit by changing the order of the auctions. The evening will begin a bit earlier than in years past. Food and drinks will be available as guests socialize and begin checking out the live and silent auction items. Live music will be provided by Old Skool.

After about an hour, the Mt. Shasta Jazz Choir will perform a few songs, followed immediately by the live and dessert auctions. The silent auction bidding will remain open during the live and dessert auctions, closing toward the end of the evening. Door prizes will be given out at evening’s end.

The evening is usually a sellout, advance ticket purchase is recommended.

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 8 or 10 will receive a complimentary bottle of wine. Tickets must be purchased when reservation is made.

All wine served at the Gala has been selected and donated by Joe and Michael Wirth, creators of the Mt. Shasta Chocolate Bar.

This year’s auction items include:

• 14K white gold diamond heart pendant from Jon Thomas Fine Jewelry.

• Guided overnight fishing trip for four from CalTrout.

• Stihl battery-powered leaf blower, Gorilla Cart, and numerous landscaping implements from A Cut Above.

• Season pass donated by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

• A $500 gift card to Berryvale Grocery.

• Artwork from Karrie Ann Snure, The Gallery in Mt. Shasta, and Snow Creek Studios.

• Private beer-tasting party by ShastaRain.

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

• Gift cards to Directions, Shasta Yoga Institute, Nancy Ziller Photography, Sacred Mountain Spa, and Lynn Lloyd, L.Ac.

• More gift cards to Mike & Tony’s, Sage Restaurant, McCloud Meat Market, Lunch Box Dinners, Cooper’s, Bistro 107, Siskiyou Brew Works, Mt. Shasta Pastry, and Yaks Mt. Shasta.

• A year’s worth of soda from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Mt. Shasta.

• Two 10-yard loads of aggregate from Sousa Ready Mix.

• And much more.

For more information about the Gala, visit the website: or the Mount Shasta Education Foundation Facebook page. For more information, to make a donation, or to reserve a table, call Lori Harch at 530-926-1001.