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Frequently Asked Questions

What style of dinner and seating will be at this year’s event? 

  • This year, an upscale family style dinner will be served in the tent. If you have any dietary restrictions, please include those in the “special requests” section during your sponsorship/ticket purchase or feel free to reach out to Blaire in Development,

  • Dinner will be served family-style with seating for 8-10 guests per table

  • Our Heritage Oak and Gilded Leaf sponsorship packages include a private table for 8-10 guests. Oak Branch, Sapling, and Acorn packages provide preferred seating. Seating requests for single ticket sales can also be included in the “special requests” section and will be reasonably accommodated but are not guaranteed. Feel free to reach out to Blaire at to discuss seating requests.

What should I wear?

Cocktail attire with grass-friendly footwear

  • The event is outside and under a tent on the Hope Ranch Athletic Fields

  • We will have outdoor heaters, but encourage you to bring wraps/jackets for additional comfort


Is there parking?

  • Valet parking is available and included with all sponsorship/ticket purchases

  • Uber and Lyft are highly encouraged so you may enjoy our event to its fullest

    • WiFi boosters will be implemented this year to support simultaneous rideshare requests


Why should I sponsor the event?

As members of the Laguna Blanca Community, your support is greatly appreciated!

  • Your sponsorship ensures all monies raised the night of the event go directly back to the school

  • Your sponsorship comes with great perks! Private tables, swag bags, opportunity drawings, and more!

  • **NEW THIS YEAR** Acorn/ $1,000 sponsorship available this year which includes two preferred seats (before single tickets sell out) and opportunity drawings!


Does this event sell out early?

  • YES—we expect the event to sell out again this year

  • We have a limited capacity of 350 people and early sponsorship ensures your spot at our signature event of the year!


Do I really need to arrive at 4:00PM?


YES, here is what you can enjoy:

  • Live Music

  • Party Board Section

  • Opportunity Drawings

  • Find your table and get comfortable before dinner as the live auction and paddle raise will begin promptly at 6:30PM


What is the flow of the evening?

  • 4:00PM – Arrival and check-in at registration

Enjoy passed appetizers while you sip custom cocktails, visit the wine wall and party boards, and mingle with friends

  • 6:00PM – Guests make their way into the main tent for dinner program

  • 6:30PM – Live Auction and Paddle Raise begin

  • 7:30PM – Dinner program concludes and dancing commences!

  • 10:00PM – Event concludes

What is the Night Owls After Party?


New this year, we are calling all Night Owls to attend an exclusive, limited availability After Party at an incredible Hope Ranch estate. The Party will run from 9:30PM to Midnight. Shuttle transportation will be provided to the party from campus as well as a central drop point in town and Montecito following the After Party. Specific details on shuttle timing and drop locations will be provided to those attending closer to the event. Guests who would like to drive themselves will be given the address night-of.


Dancing, drinks, light bites and continued merriment will be included with your Night Owls After Party ticket, sold separately from gala ticket.


I heard there is a Party Board section this year. Tell me more!​

Another reason to arrive at 4:00PM! Our Party Board selection will be greatly increased this year with an opportunity for you to sign-up in person and see who else is joining in on these exclusive experiences!


What is the Paddle Raise?


A paddle raise (also known as fund-a-need) is the point in the evening where you are physically raising your paddle and contributing to the school with a 100% tax deductible donation. These crucial dollars go directly toward specific initiatives each year. 


What is Best of Live during the Auction?

One of our opportunity drawings is a Best of Live ticket, pre-purchased for $100 each. If you are the lucky person chosen before the Live Auction starts, you get your choice of any of the Live Auction items. This is your opportunity to win an exclusive experience or item (value of $5,000 minimum).

 I purchased a single ticket, how else can I support the school while AT the event?

Opportunity drawings!

  • Wine Wall – one for $40 or three for $100

  • Purchase a Best of Live ticket - $100

  • Faculty/Staff post-event drawing: one ticket for $25 or five for $100

  • Bid on LIVE auction items

  • Participate in the Paddle raise (fund-a-need)

  • Make a direct donation using the available pledge form or QR codes placed throughout the event


What is the Gold Medal Package?

A bundling of our three opportunity drawings for $250, a savings of $50!

  • 3 Wine Wall pulls

  • 1 Best of Live

  • 5 Faculty/Staff tickets


I can’t attend the event, how else can I support the school?


  • Click here to make a 100% tax deductible donation

  • Bid on items when our online auction opens on March 12. This is a great opportunity to bid on unique, local experiences, vacations, services, and more!

    • Be sure to frequent for a preview of items available. Check back frequently as new items are added daily.​

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