The Spring Gala is the last major fundraising event of the school year. It is an adults-only (21+) auction event open to parents, staff, and McKinley supporters.

The evening is filled with music, dance, drinks, and food. There will be silent & live auctions items, generously donated by our business, teacher, and parent community. All profits go straight to McKinley! We use the money raised to fund the required IB programs such as Spanish, art, and dance, in addition to supporting McKinley’s Theatre, Variety Show, Running Club and so much more!

Gala-thankyouWe want to take a moment to thank all the people and businesses that made the McKinley Spring Fundraising Gala a success this year. This event would not have been possible without the committee members, volunteers, parents (especially room parents!), and teachers & staff who contributed their time, Teacher Features, Count Me In’s, and class baskets to help us raise money for educational programs at McKinley.

We especially want to highlight the community businesses that contributed items and services to our auction. McKinley reaches out to local businesses several times throughout the year to ask for help with fundraising, and we so appreciate the restaurants, salons, museums, stores, breweries, artists, camps, etc. who generously donate to our school time and time again. If you’re looking for a local business to support, please check out the list of donors and give back to the businesses that support our kids.

Restaurants, Markets & Chefs

Accursio Lota Private Cooking Class

An’s Dry Cleaning (gelato)

Athens Market Taverna

Communal Coffee

Eclipse Chocolate

Hammond’s Ice Cream


The Lot

Nicolai Winkler Personal Chef

North Park Farmers Market

San Diego Markets

Santos Coffee

West Coast Tavern

Working Class

Breweries and Distilleries

619 Vodka

Bivouac Cider

Coronado Brewing

Hess Brewing

Resident Brewing

Thorn Brewery


Beach Fire Guy

Community Realty

DK Hair

Ginseng Yoga

House of Imago

Mooch Design Landscaping

Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga

Vitamin Chi Acupuncture and Wellness

Stores & Items

Baron’s Market

Heart and Trotter



South Bark Dog Wash

Attractions & Events

Fleet Science Center

Dixieland Jazz Fest

Museum of Photographic Arts

North Park Arts Festival

North Park Lions Club Events Space


San Diego Air and Space Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego History Center

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego Zoo

Save Our Heritage Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum

UCSD Athletics

USS Midway Museum

Art & Photography

Merrilee Willoughby Photography

Kevin Black

Stephanie Clair

Tangerine Tree Photography

Camps & Classes

Airshine Music School


Capoeira Luanda

enRuedaMe Mas

Flamenco with Roots

Gail Karwoski (author)

Green Art Labs

Kidz Kampz

Majesty in Motion

Media Arts Center

Mountain Lake Chess Camp

Playball Camp

Point Loma Mathnasium

Soccer Kids of America

Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts

United Martial Arts Family

Whole Child Learning Company Lego Class

Your Court Tennis Camp


Idyllwild Cabin

Lafayette Hotel


Date, Time & Place:

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:00-10:00 pm.

Queen Bee

Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center
3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104  – right in the heart of North Park!


  • March 18-22 = $50/p
  • March 23-April 12 = $60/p
  • April 13 = $75/p
  • Childcare = $15/p (Max 30 spots)


*** The preschool staff at St. Patrick’s is providing childcare for McKinley’s gala.  It will include pizza and entertainment. Dress kids in comfortable clothing or jammies.  Drop off begins at 5:30pm. Last pick up is 10:00pm.

St. Patrick’s Pre-School – 3585 30th Street, North Park

Auction Details:

Silent bidding will take place on Facebook beginning April 8th so start following us! –

You will be able to place a bid by posting a comment under the bid item post until Friday, April 12th at noon (12pm) when the bids will close.  The highest amount on each item will be the starting bid amount on Saturday at the Gala.  If there are no more bids on that item at the event that will be the winning bid.  We will contact the winner if he/she is not present.

Auction Items:

We are always looking for donations! Both monetary to underwrite the event, or items for the silent auction are welcome.  Please contact the Gala Committee for more information.

To donate an auction item please fill out the Auction Donation Form. All donations must be in by April 3rd.

Set up volunteers:

We always appreciate and need volunteers to help set up on the day of the event.  

Sign up to help or bring needed items!