Celebrating 50 Years of Pluralism

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About the Gala

Join us to honor 50 years of PS1 and the legacy of co-founders Joel and Ellie Pelcyger. We will gather as current families and alumni for alfresco cocktails, silent auction, dinner, live auction, and dancing.  We can't wait to celebrate with you at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

All proceeds from this year's Gala benefit the Founders Fund.  This Fund supports Joel and Ellie‚Äôs dream of providing a pluralistic education to as many children as possible.  Every gift will have a lasting impact on PS1 through support of a center for pluralism and financial aid.  Your generosity will serve as a meaningful expression of gratitude to both Ellie and Joel.

Buy Gala Tickets Now and then Register for the Auction.  Auction items include a luxury home in Costa Rica plus getaways to Mexico, Aspen, Palm Springs and more. Pamper every member of your household with event tickets, beauty services, restaurants, and kid gear!

Donate to the Founders Fund

 If you can't attend the Gala, please consider donating to the Founders Fund. 

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COVID Precautions

  • At this time, Skirball requires proof of vaccination for entry
  • Cocktails and dinner to be held outdoors
  • Dancing will be indoors following dinner

Alumni and Alumni Parents

  • We have a designated area for you to meet up with old friends during cocktails
  • You may also request to sit with a graduating class year or a specific friend


  • Cocktail attire requested
  • Outdoor event, please check weather and dress accordingly

Auction and Raise the Paddle

  • All Gala proceeds benefit the Founders Fund
  • The silent auction is conducted via mobile bidding. You do not have to be present to participate
  • The live auction is via paddle raise at the event
  • You must register to bid.  Register Here.  Buying a gala ticket does not register you for the auction
  • Have you registered in previous years? You must register again. It's quick and easy. Register Here

Mobile Bidding

  • Want to be a mobile-bidding expert? Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your chances of winning your most coveted items! The whole process takes place on your phone--how convenient is that?!

Perusing Auction Items

  • Check out items by category under the MENU tab
  • Look for deals under "No Bid Items"
  • "MY ITEMS" includes anything you have hearted or bid on.
  • Want to know what you're winning? Check the THUMBS UP icon!
  • Been outbid? Check the THUMBS DOWN icon.
  • Find an item you like? Click the HEART icon underneath the item to keep it in your "Items You're Watching" list
  • You can click "FAST BID" to place the next highest bid on an item
  • Take advantage of the "BID/SET MAX" option to set a max bid amount. The system will then automatically bid for you up to the max amount you set
  • Click "DETAILS" for item descriptions ad restrictions
  • Click "HISTORY" to see all the bids to date

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