Gala & Auction

Join us for IWA's biggest party of the year as we celebrate excellence in Catholic education!  

The Gala & Auction is our once-a-year, can't-miss event that raises critical support for every young woman who desires an IWA education, regardless of her financial realities.

2019 Gala: Leading Ladies

IWA Gala & Auction at a Glance

Get ready to party! The 2020 Gala & Auction will feature fantastic live and silent auction items and a three-course gourmet dinner with IWA families, faculty, staff, and friends! 

Revenues from tuition cover just 76% of the cost to operate Incarnate Word Academy. The Gala plays a central role in helping the Academy close this gap while remaining faithful to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament's mission. We hope you will make plans to join us on April 17, 2020, for a night filled with celebration!  

The Details

  • When: Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Where: The Hilton Americas Hotel 1600 Lamar Street
    The evening will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions.  
  • 6:30 p.m. - Cocktails and Silent Auction
  • 8:00 p.m. - Dinner, Program, Live Auction, Sister Agatha Sheehan, C.V.I. Award Presentation
    • Valet parking available 
    • Black tie optional 

Gala Sponsors

Incarnate Word Academy is grateful to generous underwriters who will help make this annual event possible. These gracious gifts will directly ensure that IWA can continue to prepare young women to take their place as strong leaders in all types of professions, in Houston and beyond. 

If you wish to become an underwriter, please contact Perla Herrera.

Gala Committee

Parent involvement in the Gala is the essential ingredient for the event’s excellence! The evening’s success depends on the support and participation we receive from all our IWA families: current and past parents, friends, alumnae, board and community supporters. In addition to attending this fabulous evening celebrating excellence in education at IWA, we absolutely need parents to help with getting auction items for the event, donating items, office support, setting up the event … and more!

Interested parents can contact Parent Volunteer Coordinator (former IWA parent!) Beth Fischer.

Gala Donations

If you wish to make a general monetary donation to the event, please call Perla Herrera at 713-227-3637, Ext. 105 for more information on making a cash gift to our event. 

If you wish to donate an item to our auction, please email Beth Fischer or call 713-227-3637, Ext 132.  Please also keep IWA in mind if you frequent a business that might be interested in donating items to our auction at a discounted price.  We are still in need of gifts for our auction, including: 

  • Rental or vacation homes
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Concert tickets
  • Rare collectibles
  • Jewelry
  • Gift cards to local businesses

Click to download IWA Donation Form

Gala Live Auction

The Live Auction offers an array of priceless opportunities for you to bid on!  Get ready to bid on one of our fantastic live auction items at the 2020 Gala, April 17, 2020.


How can I help as a parent?

There are many ways you can participate in the Gala. Here are just a few:

  • Donate a bottle of wine or cash to the Wine Pull
  • Purchase tickets and attend the Gala
  • Volunteer to help with a Gala committee
  • Donate items to the Silent Auction

How do I donate an item?

Thank you! Donating is very easy. Just contact Beth Fischer and fill out the Donation Form found here.  The Donation Form allows IWA to thank you properly and send you the donation acknowledgment. The Acquisition Chair will contact you with delivery instructions or to arrange the pick up of your item.   

How can I attend the gala?

Tickets will go on sale at later date.

How do I become an underwriter?

Underwriting opportunities will be available soon. For information contact Perla Herrera.

Do you have a hotel block for the evening?

Yes!  We will secure a special rate at the Hilton Americas–Houston for guests of the IWA Gala & Auction.

What is the typical format of the evening?

The Gala starts at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, hors-d'oeuvres, a wine pull and bidding opportunities for the Silent Auction and Super Silent Auction. When the cocktail hour concludes, the festivities will continue with dinner, followed by the Live Auction, and the presentation of the Sister Agatha Sheehan Award, C.V.I.

When do I receive items that I won?

Items will be available at checkout at the end of the event.