So You Wanna Help With Gala


BSI’s 9th Annual Year-EnGala and Auction will take place on Saturday, June 9, at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. This year’s theme, “Saturday Night Fever,” honors our South Brooklyn roots by throwing it back to 1977, when the John Travolta classic was filmed in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge.

Gala is our largest fun(d)raising event. Last year, we raised $68,000. We will need to raise even more this year if we are to reach our total fundraising goal of $570,000. We are currently at $318,000 with only months to go before the end of the school year.


You can help the day before, the day of, during or after the Gala — there’s something for everyone. Be a part of the party team! Sign up here.


You can solicit exciting items and experiences for online bidding and silent auction. Think gift certificates to restaurants and spas, stays at vacation homes, museum and activity passes, VIP nights out, fine jewelry and accessories, personal services (chefs, interior design, etc.), gourmet gift baskets, and the like. We need many more donations.

Consult our Donation Grid and reach out to businesses under the “Gala” tabs of the spreadsheet. Here are some tools to help you close the deal:

Template for Email Solicitation 

Template for Merchant Solicitation Letter

Blank BSI PTO Letterhead

Tips for Getting Donations

IRS Non-Profit Determination Letter

Gala Flyer for Sponsors Who Request It

Once you land the donation, you or the donor can enter the auction item details in our online submission form. A paper form can also be submitted.

For questions, email


You can also help by buying or selling ads in our full-color keepsake Gala Program. Please take a look at last year’s Gala Program for samples of personal, business and class ads. Ads can be paid for and submitted at You can also mail in a paper form.

Families of graduates and grandparents are especially encouraged to buy an ad to congratulate a particular BSI student on a job well done. Rich in sentimental value, these ads range from: one-eighth page ($100), one-quarter page ($200), one-half page ($300), and a full page ad ($400, special Graduates rate).

Here are some tools to help:

Template for Email Solicitation Gala Ad

Template for Email Solicitation Gala Ad and/or Auction

Sample Facebook Text

For questions related to ads, please email

Thank you!