Midnight Garden Gala 2019

Presented in partnership with

In 1976, at Asheville Country Day School, a great school tradition began: Auction Gala. For 42 years since, a biennial auction fundraiser has been held to directly benefit the school, its faculty, students, and facilities. Our galas are famous for the significant funds they raise, and they also allow us to gather as a school community to enjoy each other's company at truly unique and fabulous events of both Family Night and Gala.  

Midnight Garden followed in the same spirit and tradition of the very first Auction Gala and was also fresh with its own unique, lush ambiance and twilight sparkle.

Thank you to all the committee members and faculty and staff volunteers who made this year's Family Night and Gala such memorable experiences. And thank you to the greater CDS community for supporting educational excellence with your participation in these events and your enthusiasm for making our school great. 

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Photos from Wonderland Family Night

Photos from Midnight Garden Gala



Midnight Garden Gala

Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:30–11 p.m.

Amherst at Deerpark

Biltmore Estate

Music & Ambiance |  Seated Dinner  |  Silent and Live Auctions
Gala Attire: Black Tie Encouraged

Starlight VIP Pre-Party

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Private VIP Reception  |  Exclusive Gift Bag  
   VIP Touch-Up Lounge Featuring Turner & Co.   


Tuition Raffle

Free Tuition 2019–20

$100 each ticket  |  $250 for 3 tickets

Drawn at the Gala

Wonderland Party Family Night

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5–7 p.m.

Alumni Gym & Love Hall Courtyard

In partnership with

"A Taste of Carolina Day" Dinner  |  Cake Walk  |  Silent Auction  |  Games  |  Music

(Wonderland tickets are complimentary for those purchasing Gala tickets.)

All proceeds from Midnight Garden directly benefit CDS faculty professional development and enhancements and upgrades to teaching and learning classrooms and spaces. Any proceeds raised beyond the cost of these improvements may be used to grow the school's endowment.

For federal income tax purposes, you may deduct as a charitable contribution the price of Midnight Garden event tickets (or Patron Tables) less their fair market value. We estimate the fair market value of the VIP gala evening tickets to be $150 each, $100 each for general gala tickets, and $1,700 per Patron Table.

Community Partners: Corporate Sponsorships

Multiple opportunities for corporate and foundation sponsorships are still available.

Thank You to Our Community Partners

The CDS Community Partnership program is a collaboration between local businesses and Carolina Day School, and it is vital in helping CDS maintain the healthy budget needed to support school programming.

If you would like to have more information on becoming a CDS Community Partner, contact Stacy Mullins at 828-407-4440.

2018-2019 Community Partners







Beverly-Grant, Inc.    |    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Goosmann Rose Colvard & Cramer, P.A.
Penny Insurance Agency    |    TD Bank
Young Office    |    Young Transportation


Auction Gala Partners

Auction Leadership

An enormous thank you to the event leadership and committee members for their tremendous support of our school.


Preston Davitt

Auction Chair

Heather Cassidy

Lynn Penny

Suzanne Rose

Live Auction

Stacie Cogburn

Lisa Fox

Kristi Goodrum

Silent Auction

Julie Holcomb

Jenn Kiiss

Carolyn Macfie

Fiona Teague

Katie Valeika

Family Night

Erin Fendler

Student Art Project Coordinator

Margaret Gibbs

Lisbeth Harrison

Tuition Raffle

Anna Bartow Durham

Elizabeth Roth

Katina Turner

VIP Reception

Elizabeth Bagley Flynn ’88


Ann Goosmann

Ashley Stanier

Auction Set-Up

Margaret Sinnott

Faculty Liaison

Jennifer Bock

Susan Hunter

Julie Rose


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