Shepherd Elementary School PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year – the 17th Annual Spring Gala and Auction – will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at The Atrium at Bobby Van’s Grill in Washington, DC. This year's event will honor Shepherd's teachers and staff, and will feature live entertainment, cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres. Our main event for the evening will be our silent and live auction, which will feature a variety of items such as class projects, themed baskets, and donated items from local businesses! We hope to raise over $50,000 this year to support Shepherd's academic and enrichment programs, which will ensure that Shepherd has sufficient resources to remain one of the finest DC public schools serving PK3 to 5th grade students.

Shepherd Elementary School has just entered its 9th decade of providing quality public education to the diverse population of elementary students in the Shepherd Park and Colonial Village neighborhoods of Washington, DC. It is one of the few DC public schools to have achieved accreditation for its International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program for students aged 3 to 12. Shepherd is consistently recognized as one of the outstanding elementary schools within the DCPS, with a rating of 9 out of 10. Shepherd’s dedicated staff strives to develop inquisitive, international-minded learners who think globally and act compassionately.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting you for a fun-filled night to support our school!



Thanks to the generosity of community businesses, our last in-person Gala event earned over $40,000, which enabled Shepherd's PTO to fund the procurement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) materials for all classrooms at Shepherd.

Your fully tax-deductible contribution is a great opportunity to introduce your organization to hundreds of Shepherd families and their friends. Sponsorships are a terrific way to show your support of our school and its educational mission. Details regarding special recognition for Sponsors according to level of support can be found below. Sponsorships can either be purchased directly on the event website or, if you prefer to pay by check, please complete the online Sponsor registration form. Please be aware that credit card payments are subject to a 3.5% surcharge.

  • Premiere signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement included in printed Gala program
  • Opportunity to speak at the event for 5 minutes
  • Social media recognition
  • Company logo featured on the auction website and on the Shepherd Elementary website through December 31st, 2022

Join the Party and Donate!

Interested in donating an amazing item, experience, or gift certificate for the auction?  Just complete our simple online donation form!

And, most importantly, we want to see you at the Gala! Reduced rate "early bird" tickets are on sale now through end of February. Even if you can't join in person, you can still join in the fun by registering to bid in the online silent auction. Be sure to check out the event program, visit our Handbid ticket/auction site below, and we'll see you on April 30th!

Buy Tickets & Register to Bid!