The Stella Maris Gala helped fund the school’s roof replacement this year.

Stella Maris Gala returns

Fall fundraising event set for Oct. 18 at Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea is preparing to transform its gymnasium once again for the Stella Maris Gala.

The annual fall fundraising event is set for Oct. 18 at the South Surrey school, 15024 24 Ave., with doors opening at 5 p.m.

The event is a “significant source of revenue” for the school and has helped with the installation of the gymnasium and an entire wing of the school, which includes the library and fine arts room.

Most recently, gala proceeds have funded the preliminary stages of installation of an earthquake early-warning system, with the final installation of the P-Wave Seismic Sensor Early Warning System to come this fall.

The system will be fully tested, then connected to networks at UBC and other seismic networks by the end of 2014, according to the school’s website.

In addition, a portion of the gala funds was set aside for replacement of the roof. The $167,000 project was completed over the summer and the school will continue to pay off the cost using a portion of this year’s gala.

Finally, portions of proceeds will also be used for important capital expenditures of the school, including the building of the northwest wall, overhauling washrooms and desk replacements.

The event will feature a champagne reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing.

Attire for the evening is semi-formal. Ticket costs are $125 for a single ticket, $980 for a table of eight and $1,250 for a Gold Table of eight, which includes preferred seating and two bottles of wine.

For more information or for tickets, visit www.starofthesea.ca/the-details

Stella Maris Gala returns

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