• 2019 Gala

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Message from the Gala Committee

Think back to your high school prom. Did you have a perm? Did your bow tie match your date’s dress? Did you Wanna Dance With Somebody or were you Livin’ on a Prayer? Or maybe you waited for Stairway to Heaven before you hit the dance floor. Whatever your memories of the 80s, now’s your chance to make more of them together with the parents of RSGC this April.
Join us for cocktails, a fabulous sit-down dinner, silent and live auction, live band and 80’s style DJ video dance party, all in support of the final phase of the Junior School renovations and the RSGC scholarship and bursary program.

Julie Dreger, Cindy Barkway, and the Back to the 80s Prom Gala Committee

P.S. The school’s past three galas have sold out, so get your tickets early!

Ticket Details

$475 per person
Receipts for tax purposes will be issued by Royal St. George’s College in accordance with the CRA guidelines.

Premium VIP Booths:

Premium VIP Booth Seating for 10 guests $7,500 (2 available)
Premium VIP Booth Seating for 8 guests $6,000 (2 available)
The VIP experience includes: 
  • Prime Seating
  • Exclusive Server (including bar service to your table)
  • Event Recognition 
Submit your seating requests and meal preferences at the time of ticket purchase.

Alumni who graduated RSGC between 2018 and 2008 and are 19+ years of age can purchase an after-party ticket for $50. This gives alumni access to an open bar after dinner and a chance to reconnect with faculty, staff and each other.


Message from the Headmaster

Back to the 80’s? Sometimes I feel like I’m still there…
Back in the 80’s I was a student at RSGC. John Allen was Headmaster and we all sang along to "Don't You Forget About Me". I'm still living down the results of my "Sun In" phase. 

Proceeds from the gala will support the final phase of the Junior School Redevelopment Plan, which will focus on our Middle School.
The final phase includes the creation of flexible learning space to enhance programming for our students. The central collaboration space will be completed to allow for dynamic, collaborative teaching and learning, expanding initiatives like our signature Passion and Action Projects. This construction will be completed during the summer of 2019.
The College continues to focus on the funding of scholarships for boys who otherwise would not be able to afford an RSGC education through the Manners Maketh Men Scholarship and Bursary Fund. A portion of the gala proceeds will also fund this very important program.
I want to thank everyone in our community who will have a part in the success of this event —from Julie Dreger and Cindy Barkway and their enthusiastic committee, the generous sponsors, donors and the auction items, to all the guests who attend, bid and enjoy the event, and the faculty, staff and students who will have a few surprises for us that night.
See you at Rebel!
Dress Code: Pull out your best '80s prom-inspired formal wear, tuxedos (with pastel bow ties and cumberbunds, of course!), or cocktail attire. Here’s some inspiration for you:

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the Back to the 80's Prom gala?

    Every two years, the RSGC community puts on a big party to raise money for a priority in the school. While it’s a formal event, it’s also a friendly, fun party and a great way to get to know other parents while supporting the school.
  • Q: What's included in the ticket price? Do I get a tax receipt?

    The ticket price includes a cocktail reception, three-course meal, open bar, entertainment including a live band and DJ video dance party, and dancing. This year, we have raised the ticket price in order to cover more of our event costs, but the tax-receiptable portion of your purchase will also be increased. After the event, you will get a tax receipt for a substantial amount of each ticket price. Receipts for tax purposes will be issued by Royal St. George's College and will be done so in accordance with the CRA guidelines, for the value of the ticket minus the value of the evening’s experience Each ticket purchased at $475 will be eligible for a tax receipt of $300. Tickets purchased at the early bird price of $450 will be eligible for a tax receipt of $275. If you are buying tickets on behalf of your guests, you (the purchaser) will receive the tax receipt.
  • Q: I'm new to the RSGC Community. Should I come? Who will I sit with? What are the Premium VIP booths?

    Whether you are a family entering RSGC next fall or your son graduated last year, this event is for you. If you feel like you don’t know anyone, you’ll find we are an extremely friendly bunch. We’ll seat you at a table with parents of boys in your son’s grade. If you have lots of friends here already, you can put your own table together. And if you’re really feeling special, act early to secure a Premium VIP booth:
    Seating for 10 guests with exclusive bar service $7,500 (2 available)
    Seating for 8 guests with exclusive bar service $6,000 (2 available)

    The VIP experience includes: 
    • Prime Seating
    • Event Recognition
    • Exclusive Server (including bar service to your table)
  • Q: What do I wear?

    While you don’t have to actually wear an 80's prom dress, feel free to let your look be inspired by an 80s prom. And if you’re not feeling creative, a tuxedo or cocktail dress will do just fine. See dress code information above. 
  • Q: Where is the money going? Where has the money gone in the past?

    In 2017, our Around the World gala raised money for kitchen equipment in Ketchum Hall. In 2015, our 50th anniversary British Invasion gala raised money for the Ketchum Hall renovation. This year, we’re raising money for the final phase of the Junior School Redevelopment Plan to enhance teaching and learning for our students. Proceeds will also fund the College’s scholarship and bursary program.
  • Q: How do I bid on auction items? 

    You can bid on live and silent auction items at the event. Winners can pay for and claim their items the night of the event. We accept cash, debit card, Visa, MasterCard and American Express as methods of payment.
  • Q: What's the parking situation? 

    There’s ample parking at 20 Polson, right across from the venue. However, we recommend you take an Uber. We’ll also have some taxis waiting for you at the end of the evening.
  • Q: I heard there's an alumni after-party. What's that about?

    Yes, alumni who graduated RSGC between 2018 and 2008 and are 19+ years of age can purchase an after-party ticket for $50. This gives alumni access to an open bar after dinner and a chance to reconnect with faculty, staff and each other.
Funds raised from the Gala go towards the final phase of the Junior School Redevelopment Plan to enhance teaching and learning for our students. Proceeds will also fund the College’s scholarship and bursary program.

The Venue

Back to the 80’s Prom is being held at REBEL, Toronto’s largest nightlife and concert destination. The former Sound Academy on Polson Street underwent a $10M renovation in 2016 to become The Rebel, with a 65-foot stage, LED video walls, a heated grand terrace with views of the Toronto skyline and a central bar with a light installation hung above. Toronto’s nightclub mogul Charles Khabouth has created 45,000 feet of incredible event space, hip enough for even the coolest of RSGC parents.

Gala Sponsor & Auction Information

List of 4 items.

  • Become a Sponsor

    If you’re looking for a way to promote your company or small business to the RSGC community, consider a sponsorship. Your support can be promoted on this website, in the evening program and on-screen at the gala. Opportunities are available starting from $1,000 and are also open to individuals, families or groups. 
  • Live & Silent Auction

    Check back here for a list of auction items!
  • Donate an Auction Item

    Do you have access to a unique experience for an RSGC boy or parent? Do you know someone who could donate a service or experience large or small…things like a hotel stay, jewellery, small appliance or tickets to sporting events? Can you contribute a few bottles of wine? Check out the Auction Package
  • Can't Make It? Donate to the Gala!

    If you can’t attend the Gala, but would still like to support the success of the event, you can make a donation in lieu of a ticket purchase. DONATE NOW!

Your Emcee

The evening will be hosted by the fabulous Sharon Lewis. Not only is Sharon the mother of an RSGC boy, but you may also remember her as Drake’s mom—she played the mother of Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Sharon was nominated for best host on CBC’s TV’s counterSpin and ZeD tv and recently received several nominations and awards internationally for her afrofuturist feature film, Brown Girl Begins.

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  • Gala Committee

    Thank you to the members of the Back to the 80's Prom Gala Committee.

    Cindy Barkway and Julie Dreger: Gala  Co-Chairs
    Marin Anderson                                   
    Merle Armstrong                     
    Christine Bell                           
    Jennifer Bizzarri                                   
    Karen Blair
    Adam Carson                              
    Holly Clarke                             
    Alison Cook
    Caroline Coulson
    Julie Crossland
    Paz Galarce
    Anne Gallagher
    Daniela Gallo
    Mary Garofalo                                                                         
    Cathie Gryfe-Seeley
    Jane Halverson
    Julie Hepner
    Wanda Ho
    Christina Hodnet
    Maria Jordan
    Anastasia Kanellopoulos
    Alison Leung
    Sharon Lewis
    Stephanie Martin
    Anne Masson
    Heather McGowan       
    Sharron Mollenhauer
    Magda Nicola              
    Toni Nosworthy                                               
    Lori O’Leary
    Tracy Parzych
    Michelle Pollock
    Greg Seale
    Cari Steinberg              
    Marie-Claude Sutton
    Glenna Talbot
    Jasmin von Teichman
    Lynne Woollcombe

Gala Sponsors

  • The McGeachie Family: Print Sponsors
  • Caroline Coulson and Craig Shibley: Design Sponsor
  • Gala Chairs - Cindy Barkway and Julie Dreger: Faculty Tickets Sponsor
  • Scott McCain: Flashdance Sponsor
  • Alison and Jeff Leung: Centerpiece Sponsor 
  • TD Bank: Cocktail Party Sponsor
  • Ruth and Tom Woods: Instaprint Photo Booth 
  • Smythe: Coat Check 
  • David and Kate Wallace: 80’s DJ Video Dance Party Sponsor 
  • The Ternan Family - Bolt Developments Inc: Back to the Future Delorean Display Sponsor
  • John and Anastasia Kanellopoulos - Kallo Developments: 80’s Prom Photographers Sponsor 
  • The DiCapo Family & The Estate of Villa Le Calvane: Red Wine Sponsor

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