Shepherd Elementary School PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year – the 18th Annual Spring Gala and Auction – will be held on Saturday, April 1st, 2023, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. This year's event will honor Shepherd's teachers and staff, and will feature an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres from Occasions Catering. Our main event for the evening will be our silent 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 $60,000 this year to support Shepherd's academic and enrichment programs, which will ensure Shepherd has sufficient resources to remain one of the finest DC public schools serving PK3 to 5th grade students.

Shepherd Elementary School is in its 9th decade of providing quality public education to the diverse population of elementary students in the Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates 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'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 $50,000, which will enable Shepherd's PTO to fund outdoor facilities improvements at Shepherd Elementary.

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. Please reach out to the Gala Committee at [email protected] if you have any questions.

  • Premiere signage at the event and logo printed on VIP bags
  • Full-page advertisement included in event 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, 2023

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 February 1st. 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 visit our Handbid ticket sale and auction site by clicking the button below and we'll see you on April 1st!

Buy Tickets & Register to Bid!