Why Do We Host a Gala?

As the major fundraiser each year, the Illumination Gala is a critical part of our financial health. As with any independent school, tuition does not fully cover the cost of educating each child. To supplement the budget, we fundraise.

Who is responsible for organizing the Illumination Gala?

The entire PNA community! Our Gala is co-chaired by Danica Bartow and Kari Ellsworth and our committee members have been working very hard to make sure the evening is a huge success!

What is the attire?

The recommended attire is cocktail, and we encourage you to come with any cirque flair you would like!

Is childcare available?

Yes! We have childcare available at PNA for 20 students (max) who are currently enrolled. Sign up HERE

Where should I park?

Linny Pacillo Garage (7th Ave., across from Dena’ina & Atwood Tower) is a 10-story parking garage with available parking for $1 per hour. If you do not wish to drive downtown we have arranged bus transportation from PNA. The bus departs at 5:00pm and will pick up at the Dena’ina Center at 11:00 pm. Sign up Here

How Do Parents Contribute?

Procure Items! Procurement–soliciting items for donation to the auction—is our biggest challenge. We ask each family to try to donate or procure stand-alone items for both the silent and live auctions. You will find helpful information HERE including ideas for items to find, how to ask for a donation, and whom to call on for help when you need it.

What is the Procurement Form?

The Procurement Form is our way of tracking donated items, ensuring the donor is properly recognized and thanked. Each item donated must have a completed procurement form attached to it. All donated items are due April 29. You can download a form HERE or stop by the front desk at PNA.

When is the auction deadline?

Please bring in your solicited items no later than Friday, April 29th so we can get them loaded into the silent auction.

When does the auction open?

The silent auction opens early on May 4th! We will share the auction launch via email.

Let’s make your evening a little easier!

Bus Transportation

For your convenience, we are offering FREE bus transportation from PNA to the Dena’ina Center and back, for our Illumination Gala attendees! The bus will leave PNA at 4pm, and then leave the Dena’ina Center at 10pm, getting back to PNA at 11pm.


We are offering childcare at PNA from 4pm-11pm on the night of the Gala. $50 for each child (please bring cash) and all children must be currently enrolled in PNA. Dinner and snacks will be provided.

❤️ Thank you to our generous 2022 event sponsors!



Bartow Associates and Zimmer / Bartow Children
Plastic Surgeons of Alaska


Create Academy Supporter – Bill Donovan


Alpenglow Pain & Wellness
Anchorage Oral and Implant Surgery – Dr. Sashi Parameswaran
CMS Consulting LLC
Cronen Consulting
Frawner Corporation
M & M
Northern Energy Services
PNA Board of Trustees
TrailerCraft Inc


Johan Lundebye and Charmaine Ng
David and Heidi Baines
Pete and Anne Brown


Changemaker Award Sponsored by Head of School
The Swanson Family

Charitable giving is a necessary part of independent schools financial profile.

If you would like to make a gift by cash or check, please send to:

Pacific Northern Academy
Attn: Development Office
2511 Sentry Drive, STE 100
Anchorage, AK 99507

Please make checks payable to: Pacific Northern Academy.

Many Thanks to,

Ral West and John Hardwick

PNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax ID 92-0145501
All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
PNA receives no federal or state funding. The auction supports programs at the school and student tuition affordability.