Spring Gala and Auction

Walden Parent Guild presents the 2019 Spring Gala and Auction

The Gala and Auction are the Walden Parent Guild's premier event of the year. We invite you to attend the gala, themed "Inspire. Empower. Ignite." at the South Pasadena Masonic Lodge on May 18, 2019, and bid in our online auction at waldenschool.net/auction between May 4 and 19.

Please consider supporting the event with an auction donation or sponsorship! Your support helps maintain and enrich Walden School’s Pre-K through 6th grade educational programs, where a child's natural wonder and personal dignity are nurtured through a personalized, developmentally appropriate program that encourages responsibility, initiative, child-led inquiry, ethical behavior, excellence, and environmental stewardship.


The Walden Parent Guild invites you to attend

The Walden Gala
Inspire. Empower. Ignite.

Please join us in celebration and support of Walden School and the powerful role it plays in inspiring and empowering our children and igniting their sense of creativity, understanding, and stewardship of the world.

May 18, 2019
6 – 11:00 p.m.
South Pasadena Masonic Lodge (1126 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030)

Dinner | Specialty Tasting | Live Auction | Entertainment | Dancing

Click here to purchase tickets.



Anna Badel and Stephanie Townes

We are honoring Anna Badel and Stephanie Townes for more than 30 years of remarkable service to Walden. Their talents and efforts played an integral role in making Walden the vibrant progressive school it is today. 

Stephanie began teaching at Walden in 1984 and Anna joined in 1987. Both have been part of Walden's journey from the basement location on Altadena Drive to the campus we occupy today. Stephanie began as a Pre-K teacher, and, after more than a quarter century as a K/1 lead teacher, is now the Storyteller-in-Residence; she was also a founding member of Walden Equity. Anna has taught K/1, 1/2, 2/3, 3rd and 6th grade in her time at Walden; she has been a Core coordinator and program administrator. Both have served on the Board of Trustees and on several committees, including hiring, curriculum, admissions, head search, CAIS accreditation, and strategic planning.

They have also seen their children (Stephanie even her grandchildren) thrive at Walden, and spent their careers bringing our mission and values to life in the classroom every day. We are proud and delighted to honor Anna and Stephanie as the longest-serving members of our faculty for their dedicated service and commitment to Walden.

Online Auction

Visit www.waldenschool.net/auction between May 4 and May 19, 2019, to bid on hundreds of items that you can use for yourself, your family, or as gifts. Thanks to the generous families and businesses in our community, we have many exciting items and experiences in our auction. Every bid helps support Walden's dynamic, innovative, and experiential education, so please bid high, bid often!

If you would like to add an item to the auction, click here for the donation form. Thank you for supporting Walden!

Live Auction

The May 18 gala will feature a live auction with eight exciting experiences and items to bid on! 

If you are unable to attend the gala, submit your bid by proxy. Contact auction@waldenschool.net.

Disney Studios Tour:
Behind-the-Scenes with Dan Povenmire

Value: Priceless
Graciously donated by Dan Povenmire and Clarissa McPeck

Join Phineas and Ferb creator and Walden parent Dan Povenmire for an exclusive look behind the scenes at Disney Television Animation! You and your friends (up to eight guests total) will enjoy a private tour of the studio, exploring the magic and creativity behind some of your favorite Disney television shows. Check out art from Milo Murphy’s Law, Phineas and Ferb, and the current Phineas and Ferb Disney+ Movie production. You never know what fun drawings or video clips might be waiting for you. Dan can’t wait to show you around!

Date to be mutually agreed upon.

Magic Castle with Terra and Kelli Dawn

Value: Priceless
Graciously donated by the Magic Castle, Pauline Mauro, Terra Toscano, and Kelli Dawn Holsopple

A visit to the Magic Castle is anything but ordinary. Secret Password? Check. Secret entrance? Check. Once inside, the adventure begins. Make magical memories with Kelli Dawn Holsopple and Terra Toscano at the Academy for Magical Arts, also known as the Magic Castle. This incredible experience includes VIP entrance to the members-only clubhouse for up to six people, tickets to a stage show in the Palace of Mystery, front row kid seats in the Close Up gallery, and a delicious brunch that has been called a “kid-paradise” for even the pickiest of eaters. Terra and Kelli Dawn will confirm an upcoming Saturday or Sunday date with the winners.

Palm Springs Mid-Century Oasis

Value: $3,100
Graciously donated by Daria Yudacufski and Mark Sogomian
Spend five nights in a stunning Palm Springs home designed in 1960 by renowned mid-century modern architect Donald Wexler. Fully enclosed behind Mediterranean Cypress trees and a beautifully manicured hedge, this private, three-bedroom oasis boasts gorgeous mountain views; a sparkling saltwaterpool and spa; a fire pit; and multiple outdoor seatingand dining areas. Inside, the stylish space features a vibrant patchwork of bright colors, vintage patterns, and chic 1950s and ‘60s furnishings, plus all the amenities you need for a fun and relaxing getaway. Tickets to the Palm Springs Air Museum included.

Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Expires September 1, 2020.

Mammoth Lakes Retreat

Value: $1,700
Graciously donated by Harry Matheu and Erin Barrow
Unwind and rejuvenate surrounded by nature in a weeklong stay at this beautifully appointed two- bedroom, two-bath plus loft condominium on Mammoth Lakes with easy access to Mammoth Mountain, just down the street from Canyon Lodge. Set amongst a beautiful mountain backdrop, the condo sleeps up to nine and features modern furnishings and amenities. Enjoy exciting outdoor activities year- round, including snowsports in winter and mountain biking and rock climbing in summer. Common areas include a game room with pool tables and ping pong, a swimming pool and spa, and BBQs.
Dates to be mutually agreed upon (seven days to include one weekend). Not available Christmas through New Years, MLK and Presidents' Day weekends. Expires September 1, 2020.

2014 Duckhorn Merlot, 6.0L
Signed by Walden Teachers

Value: $900
Graciously donated by Robert Dilanchian and Ani Avanessian

Duckhorn Vineyards is one of North America's premier producers of Napa Valley wines. This 6.0L bottle (that's eight regular bottles!) is personalized with the signatures of Walden’s beloved teachers. Inside, the Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from Duckhorn’s estate vineyards and top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. This outstanding wine received 92 points from Wine Spectator, who describes it as “plushand rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of darkcherry, plum tart, and blackberry accented by cocoa powder notes.”

Live the “Suite” Life at the LA Football Club Value: $4,400

Value: $4,400
Graciously donated by Megan and Michael Hamilton

Experience the Los Angeles Football Club in style at
the new Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park with exclusive access to one of their coveted premium suites. Check out panoramic views of the stadium and the city as you enjoy the September 1, 2019, soccer game between LAFC and the Minnesota United Football Club from the Sunset Deck Suite, a private and comfortable environment complete with 16 seats and 4 VIP parking passes. Food and beverages not included, but an on-site attendant will be available to take your orders and bring food to you! So grab your friends and family and get ready for a fantastic time at one of the most unique sports experiences in L.A.!

Overnight at Walden

Value: Priceless

Following the 2019 Open House on Thursday, May 23, Terra Toscano and her team will chaperone up to eight Walden kids (ages 5 and up) for an overnight adventure. The schedule and activities will be planned with the winners and will include guest appearances by their favorite Walden faculty. Kid-friendly healthy snacks and breakfast will be provided. This awesome, one-of-a-kind experience is the perfect opportunity for Walden friends to have a blast together on their favorite campus.

Mexico Dream Vacation

Value: $3,000
Graciously donated by Marisa Lazo Corvera

Escape to Tapalpa, a charming colonial alpine town in Mexico whose name means “Colorful Land” in the Nahuatl language. Tapalpa is 70 miles south of Guadalajara and is known for its unique craftsmanship, haciendas, and beautiful landscapes with waterfalls and distinctive rock formations. Spend one week in a gorgeous two- story, four-bedroom hilltop home overlooking the town. Located in a gated community, this spacious home with a stunning interior features breathtaking views, a pool, lush outdoor areas for lounging, a stone fireplace, and an outdoor pizza oven. Chauffeured private airport transfers and on-site housekeeping provided.
Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Expires September 1, 2020.

Donation and Sponsorship Opportunities

Please consider joining us in supporting Walden School with a sponsorship or a donation to the online or live auction!

Auction Donations

With your help, this year we hope to make the annual Walden School Parent Guild online auction bigger and better than ever before. The online auction will run from Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Sports tickets, gift baskets, children’s classes, spa packages, restaurant gift certificates, or hosting a tasting party are a few ideas of fun items to donate.

The always-expanding Walden community loves to support local businesses! In recognition of your generosity, your company’s name and web link will reach over 1,000 Walden bidders via our fundraiser website www.waldenschool.net/auction, as well as here on the Walden website. This is a great opportunity to reach families, friends, and alumni of Walden School throughout greater Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Silver Lake, and Los Angeles.

Please click here for the donation form.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits
  Visionary - $5,000 Partner - $2,500 Circle - $1,000 Patron - $500
Name/Logo on Dedicated Poster      
Branding on Event Email    
Name/Logo in Printed Program  
Name/Logo on Website
On-Screen Recognition
Tickets to Event, Tasting, & Opportunity Drawing 6 4 2 1

Click here to contribute a sponsorship.

Sponsor a Teacher or Make a Donation to Walden

Please consider underwriting an event ticket or table for Walden teachers. If you are unable to attend the gala, we invite you to make a donation in support of Walden's programs.

Click here to purchase an event ticket or table for Walden teachers ($125/ticket or $1,250/table) or make a donation to Walden School.

If you have any questions, please email auction@waldenschool.net.

Thank you for your support. Together, we can make amazing things happen at Walden!

2019 Donation Form

Opportunity Drawing

As part of the Walden Gala and Auction, we ask each family to sell one packet of 20 tickets @ $5 each to family and friends. Or if you choose to, you can buy them and keep them for yourself. If every family sells their tickets, we can raise more than $15,000 for Walden!

The prizes this year are a 13" Macbook Pro, an Apple watch, and a Nintendo Switch. Anyone who buys a ticket has a chance to win one of these items. In addition, we are giving the top three sellers of opportunity drawing tickets one year of hot pizza lunch in the 2019-2020 school year, redeemable for one student per household.

Please be sure to fill out the name and contact information on the ticket stubs, and return them to the Walden front office by May 15 in order to be eligible for participating in the drawing. If you have any questions, please reach out to us via email at auction@waldenschool.net.


For more information, please contact Ludia Chae-Zerrudo, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at lczerrudo@waldenschool.net or (626) 792-6166 x 222.