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Dear Bel Air Presbyterian Preschool Families,

We are so excited to introduce you to the 2017 fundraiser for our preschool! Our main event, an evening gala, will be held in late February or March. We are hard at work booking the perfect venue and date, crafting a theme for the event, putting committees in place and we need your help!

As your co-chairs, we hope to encourage your involvement in a committee this year.  We expect participation from every Bel Air Preschool family to make this event a huge success. Take a look at the information below and let us know how you are able to participate.

FUNDRAISER KICKOFF PARTY – Mark your calendars for a kickoff party at the home of Suzanne and Brian Watson on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm. Sign up for committees, meet other Bel Air parents and learn more about our fundraising initiatives this year. Keep your eyes out for an Evite later this week.  

If you are not able to attend the kickoff, get in touch to let us know which committee you would like to join. If you are not sure which committee to join, but know that you would like to participate, we would love to help you find the right place depending on your availability and interests.

Annabelle Apley (Peach) – or (310) 927-3900

Shainaz Donnelly Burg (Banana) – or (818) 809-6409

Suzanne Watson (Avocado) – or (310) 291-9941


fundraiser committees: 

  • Silent Auction – coordinate donations and organize the silent auction at the Gala
  • Baskets – coordinate donations and assemble themed baskets for purchase at the silent auction  
  • Photography – photograph and produce prints to include in the silent auction
  • Live Auction – coordinate donations for the live auction at the Gala
  • Event Production
    • Event Flow – work with the venue and co-chairs to determine timing and placement for Gala logistics
    • Video Production – produce a video to be played at the Gala
  • Publicity and Signage – work with the Bel Air Church communications group to produce signage, network within the preschool and church community to raise awareness and participation 
  • Décor and Invitations – work with the Bel Air Church communications group to produce invitations (online and/or print), and work with fundraiser co-chairs to design and produce a look for the Gala (centerpieces, table settings, pipe and drape, lighting, etc)
  • Underwriting – coordinate underwriting donations for the Gala
  • Class Competition – coordinate class participation chart and awards
  • Party Book – coordinate with party hosts to write descriptions, create a catalog, publicize to BAPP community (non-Gala position)
  • Kid’s Items – produce a school memory book to be delivered at the end of the school year, consider producing other item(s) if desired (non-Gala position)
  • Wishing Tree – coordinate gathering wishing tree items from teachers this fall, and putting them on classroom doors to be available for purchase from parents (non-Gala position)

If you are not able to serve on a committee, we hope you will be able to participate in another way by donating to our Silent or Live Auction, hosting and/or attending Party Book event(s), participating in an Underwriting package, purchasing Wishing Tree item(s) for your child’s classroom and attending the Gala itself.

We hope to have sparked your curiosity! We look forward to your participation and we are excited for a wonderful year for this amazing preschool community.


With gratitude,

Your 2016-2017 Fundraiser Chairs

Annabelle Apley (Peach) – or (310) 927-3900

Shainaz Donnelly Burg (Banana) – or (818) 809-6409

Suzanne Watson (Avocado) – or (310) 291-9941