Peace, Love, & Montessori

Thank you, Post Oak community!


Post Oak’s Eleventh Biennial Gala

Saturday, March 5, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Hotel Zaza, Museum District

Cocktails, Dinner, & DJ Dancing
Silent & Live Auction

It’s time for a good time!

Get your dancing shoes on and join us for a party you won’t want to miss. Let’s get back to the dance floor, raise a toast, share a laugh, and come together for an unforgettable night in support of Post Oak.

Amy Kirchner & Jess Matos
Gala Chairs

Class Projects

View and read about the class projects displayed in our live auction gallery at the event.

View the online gallery

students with their gala project

The Gala Groove

PDF file: Post Oak Gala Booklet 2022-03
PDF file: Post Oak Gala Booklet 2022-02
PDF file: Post Oak Gala Booklet 2022-01
PDF file: Post Oak Gala Booklet 2021-12
PDF file: Post Oak Gala Booklet 2021-11

Gala 2022 Flashbacks

Underwriting Information

Underwriting is a major part of Gala fundraising. Reserved tables and premiere seating are available at different underwriting levels.

We completely sold out at our last Gala, so consider submitting your underwriting support early! Printing deadline to include underwriting names in the invitation is December 10, 2021. If you are not submitting underwriting and would like an individual Gala ticket, you can purchase tickets here on our website.

View the Underwriting letter and benefits to find out more!

 become an underwriter

Gala Underwriters

Jennifer and Doug Bosch

Randall Jamail

Allison and Troy Thacker

Vanessa and Charles Ames
Emily and Robert Emmett
Jordan and Dylan Seff

Abbe and Adam Forman
Jessica and Vean Gregg
Lloyd and Amy Kirchner
Brian and Amber Sanders
Whitney and Marc Walsh

Aspire Fertility

Sara and Gabriel Loperena

Michael and Karen Brisch
Reena and Medhavi Jogi
Angela Ebrahimi
and Nima Ghedami
Suzanne Ebrahimi
Shonali and Rakesh Agrawal
Amy and Blair Garrou
Kimberly and John Reale
Susan Shi and Michael Wong
Rebecca and Jeffrey Tapick
Anita and Alan Ying

Snehal and Adrienne Amin
Spagnoletti Family
Crystal Dawli
   and Eiman Alian
Farzad and Jennifer Askari
Yousuf and Ambreen Chaudhary
Orlando Ramirez
   and Ines Iglesias-Alvarez
Gus and Marcela Alvarez
Vareen and David Cunningham
Belisa Diaz
Drs. Alicia Kowalchuk
   and Ben Saldaña
Andrea and John T. Young, Jr.
Laura and David Anderson 
Kristin and Malcolm Cogan
Sabina and Mani Walia 
Hillary Boswell
Cynthia and Darren Hubbard
Susanna and Clay Kartye
Alison Wong and Blaine McElroy
Rona and Mike Sonabend
Nancy and Heyward Carter III
Katie Padden and Rick Evans
Rochelle Tafolla and Rick Hess
Isaac and Christina Tapia
Judy Le and Don Tom

Deepa Poduval and Rajesh Chelapurath
Allison and David Hamilton
Fyza Piracha and Athar Qureshi
Carlin and Damon Putman
John and Valerie Volpi
Jennifer and Todd Frazier
Silvia Paulino and Marcos Guerra
Shelley and Jim Rice
Christi and Jordan Zweig
Jessica and Bobby Matos
Rhian and Lane McKinney
Kimberly and Ryan Pinckney
Tatiana and Ty Peterson

Neha and Manish Agrawal
Shanobar Momin and Ashiq Ali
Maura Joyce and Roberto Argentina
The Bentch Family
Dina Alsowayel and Tony Chase
Joan Lipuscek and Gabriel Chavez
Katie and Garrett Cornelison
Michael and Jenny Kavalinas
Vasanthi and Ramanan Krishnamoorti
Dr. Penelope and Mr. Lester Marks
Laura Lopez and Lewis Marks
Justin and Bethany Miller
Dr. Miguel and Irais Morales
Krisa Benskin and Niki Roberts
Jessica and Josh Solera
Susie and Gary Stankowski
Jennifer and Gregory Starling
Andrew and Alyssa Stephens
Karen Ting
Carlie and Richard Yoo

LOVE BUGAnonymous
Catalina Barragan and Agustin Barrios-Gomez
Elaine Ybarra and Mark Boucher
Alyx and Andrew Gautier-Winther
David and Carmela Hinderaker
Sanjay and Elyza Jain
Natalia and Michael Korkin
Pat and Bill Mitchell
Pragnya Patel and Kaushik Parekh
Rachel and Michael Purcell
Saber Events
Manolo and Daniela Sanchez
Sol and Andrés Steverlynck
Alexander Yang, Zhongwei Yang, Meijin Teo
The Wilkinson Family
Iryna Wozniak
Jelena Zhang

Nielofar Chow
Allison and David Hamilton
LAMBDA International 

Corporate Sponsors

Aspire(TM) Fertility
Cocktails Lead Sponsor
Mission Constructors, Inc.
Printing Sponsor
Photography Sponsor

Gala Auction Forms

The Biennial Gala is known for its creative and unique auction offerings. The silent auction, big board, and live auction are the highlights of the event! The Silent Auction lineup of tantalizing sociables, sports events or memorabilia, student-gatherings with teachers, trips to faraway lands, and more are all part of the fun and the fundraising at Gala. Please help the auction team as they put together these exceptional offerings by donating an item today! Not sure what to donate? We've got lots of creative ideas!

The donation form is closed. Thank you to all our amazing donors!

Gala Auction Contributors

  • A La Carte Nutrition
  • Abejas Boutique
  • Alex Abel
  • Abrahams Family
  • Agnes Cafe and Provisions
  • Joseph Aken
  • Nina Alarcon
  • Alison Altenberg
  • The Amin Family
  • Amore Reflexology
  • Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Armando’s Restaurant
  • Artopiatogo, LLC
  • Avenu Fitness & Lifesstyle
  • The Axelrad Clinic, LLC
  • Bam Bam Martial Arts Academy
  • Lauren Barrash
  • Battle Royale Tattoo
  • BCRN Aesthetics
  • Beautique Day Spa and Salon
  • Beck’s Prime
  • Bellaire Dermatology
  • Bellaire Pediatric Dentistry
  • Benskin Family
  • The Bentch Family
  • Berg Hospitality Group
  • Bering’s
  • Birons Youth Sports Center
  • Black Swan Yoga Houston
  • Cynthia Blessman
  • Brazos Bookstore
  • Break Away Speed Sports Training
  • Brush & Bobby
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
  • BulletGirl Jewelry
  • Jack T. Carr
  • Lucia Cerritos
  • Charlie Swims
  • Chef Brittany 
  • Chick-fil-A Sienna Crossing
  • Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Club Westside
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • David Cordua
  • Cotton Club Collection
  • Toni Dadoun
  • DEFINE River Oaks
  • Patricia Delaney
  • The Delaney & Rawson Family
  • Sandra De Leon
  • Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
  • The De Vera Family
  • Devon Review
  • Discover Gymnastics
  • Sydni Doughtie
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Elaine’s Florist & Gift Baskets
  • Emperial Motors
  • Enoteca Rossa
  • Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex
  • Eureka Heights Brew Co.
  • Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
  • F45 Training Central Houston
  • Saida Fagala
  • Feather & Nest Interiors
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Frame Dance
  • The Gents Place 
  • Navid Ghedami
  • Gittings Portraiture 
  • The Glam Squad
  • Glassell Junior School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Victoria Goldstein
  • Brandy Gonzales, Cathy Nguen, Rhiannon Calvillo
  • Grace & Co.
  • Josey Gregg and Sutton Walsh
  • Halo, The Beauty Bar
  • Hamilton Shirts
  • Harris County Precinct One
  • The Health Museum
  • H-E-B Helping Here 
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Hot Yoga Houston
  • Hotel Zaza
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
  • Houston Interactive Aquarium 
  • & Animal Preserve
  • Houston Swim Club
  • Houston Symphony Society
  • i9 Sports
  • Jentry Kelley Cosmetics
  • Maura Joyce & Roberto Argentina
  • JS Personal Styling
  • Kai Spa
  • Mario O. Kapusta, MD
    Vein Center Houston
  • Katz Coffee
  • The Kirchner Family
  • Orly Kluk & Sara Ann Zeimnicki
  • Knockout Sports Promotions
  • Sarah Knoll Sweeney
  • Christina Kopanidis-Cantu
  • KP’s Kitchen
  • Ashley Krug 
    & Twinkle Toes Dance Company
  • LAM Bespoke
  • The Lin & Lai Family
  • Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids
  • Local Foods 
  • John Long
  • Monica Lundeen
  • Main Street Theater Tickets
  • Maple Tree Learning
  • Stacey and Mark Martin 
  • Bobby Matos & State of Grace
  • Jess Matos
  • The Menil Collection
  • Mercury Chamber Orchestra
  • Mighty Tots Soft Play
  • Momentum Indoor Climbing
  • Monty the Magician
  • Motiv Fitness | West University
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Mutiny Wine Room
  • Nathan Allen
  • Nature Discovery Center
  • Niko Nikos Greek & American Cafe
  • The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
  • Organized For Me
  • Outschool, Inc.
  • Palace Social
  • Pampered Pet Inn
  • Pappas Restaurants
  • Jenna Pel
  • Paige Penchas
  • Pivot Point Advisors, LLC
  • PlayWisely
  • Posh Nails 1
  • The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
  • premiumgoods & premiumkids
  • Priscilla Dickson Photography
  • Carlin & Damon Putman
  • Ragin’ Cajun
  • Geovanny Ramirez
  • The Rawson Family
  • Raz Halili & Prestige Oysters
  • Refurbished with Love
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley
  • Robin Jackson Photograhy
  • Rockin’ Pets, Rollin’ Vets
  • Rockin’ Star Ranch
  • David Roddy
  • Roegels Bar-B-Que
  • Rover Oaks Pet Resort
  • The Rustic Brush Galleria
  • Saint Arnold Brewing
  • The Sanchez Family
  • School of Rock Pearland
  • Sculpt U Physical Therapy
  • The Seff Family
  • Senegence, Picture Perfect with Melissa
  • Emily Sloan
  • Mirani Smith
  • Soccer Shots Houston
  • Sorelle Atelier
  • Alyssa & Andrew Stephens
  • Taste of Texas Restaurant
  • Texas Renaissance Festival
  • Three Dog Bakery
  • Ignacio & Isabel Torras
  • Jacqueline Touchet 
  • Kat Trevino
  • The Village Bakery Houston
  • Village Dermatology
  • Washington Heights Veterinary Clinic & Amy Garrou
  • Meredith Wiersma
  • Mark D. Wilkinson
  • The Wilkinson Family
  • James Winslow
  • Wreaths by Simi
  • Xtreme Vision, Bellaire Family Eye Care
  • Luis Yanez IT
  • Yellow Rose Distillery
  • The Ying Family
  • Yoga Better
  • Zadok Jewelers
  • Jelena Zhang
  • Christi Zweig
  • Zyia Active with Laura De Vera

Gala Night Hotel Reservations

Reserve a room at Hotel ZaZa Museum District to make it a full night of dinner, dancing, silent and live auction, and celebrating with old and new Post Oak friends! Call 713-526-1991 and mention you’re with Post Oak.

Gala Chairs & Subcommittee Chairs

POPA Chairs
Laura De Vera
Carlin Putman
Daniela Sanchez

Gala Chairs
Amy Kirchner
Jessica Matos

Jennifer Bosch
Gabriel Loperena
Whitney Walsh

Lauren Barrash
Laura De Vera
Karen Ting

Auction Display
Evy Pappas
Christina Pappas

Auction Strategy
Blair Garrou

Class Projects
Rhian McKinney

Jenny Kavalinas

Teacher Treasures
Carlin Putman

Fun Committee
Margaret Farnsworth
Jordan Seff

Mystery Boxes
Pragnya Patel

Wine Committee
Amy Gross

Volunteers in High Demand!

Get involved and get to know the Post Oak community! Sign up to be a Gala volunteer today by contacting Gala Chairs Amy Kirchner and Jess Matos or sign up here.

This fundraising event is the highlight of the Post Oak Parents Association's (POPA) community-building events. It takes an army of volunteers working for over a year to make Gala the extraordinary event that it has become.

Every two years, Post Oak’s Gala provides financial flexibility and strengthens the long-term stability of the school. Whether through underwriting, auction, or straight donations, gala support helps offset a variety of school expenses such as increased financial aid, small campus renovations, unexpected repairs, increased professional developments funds, and more! We are grateful to all contributors!