Spring Gala

Spring Gala 2024 Saturday March 9, 6:00 pm Skirball Cultural Center

Each year, the Spring Gala brings the Westmark School community together for fun, friendship, and philanthropy! Powered by ticket sales, sponsorships, and a live and silent auction, the annual event primarily supports the School’s tuition assistance program so that more and more families can access the special education their children need. 

At the Spring Gala, attendees also raise their paddles for one or more special projects or initiatives. Recent paddle raises have funded passenger vans for School-sponsored trips, upgraded laptop technology, enhancements to the Westmark News Network broadcast studio, audio-visual equipment rentals for theater productions, a ceramic kiln space, new scoreboards, and more.

Spring Gala 2024 was a ruby anniversary event celebrating forty years since Westmark's founding school year. Check back here for announcements about Spring Gala 2025, which will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2025 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Watch the Spring Gala 2024 Video

Click on the play button to watch the anniversary video produced for and screened during Celebrating 40 Years: Spring Gala 2024.

We Are Grateful to Our 2024 Sponsors

Judy and David Shore

Nancy Branscombe and Ken Kalopsis

Mara and Marc Hofman
The Thaxton Family

Sandy and James Kilcourse
Anne McGrail
Stephanie and William Murray
Krissy and Joe Perez
Laine Siklos

Thank You to Our Volunteers and Auction Donors

The Spring Gala Committee of our Westmark Parent Association (WPA) made our 2024 ruby anniversary gala a "gem" of a success. See the teams of volunteers below. Also view the list of individuals, families, and organizations who donated their time and treasure to the auctions.

Rachel Perry, Chair
Lauren Altman
Tammy Apana-Dianda
Anya Goldin
Monica Hernandez
Susan Paley

Veronica Penn-Turner, Chair
Nicole Cefali
Kurt Jacobsen
Robyn Maynard
Andrea Suchin

Jodi Jacobsen, Chair
Sonia Kirkman
Andrea Suchin
Robyn Maynard

Tammy Apana-Dianda
Kara Navarro 
Jeff Vespa

Annalisa Clearihue, Chair
Cori Schnieber
Dominique Salamone

Veronica Penn-Turner, Chair
Cori Schnieber
Steve Sommars

View the Gallery

Catch a glimpse of recent Spring Gala festivities.
Five adults stand and pose in front of a wall with a sign saying Celebrating 40 years spring gala 2024 surround by balloons.

Spring Gala 2024 was a ruby anniversary event, marking forty years since the School was founded.

Three adult stand and clink glasses in a cheers together.

The community toasted to four decades of success as a center of excellence in LD education on the West Coast.

A large group of adult dance together.

Playing dance hits from across the years, the live band got everyone on their feet at Celebrating 40 Years: Spring Gala 2024.

Five parents dressed in 1980s attire pose for the camera.

Parents and guardians wore totally tubular outfits for Westmark's 80s-themed Spring Gala in 2023.

Tables of guests holding up paddle raise signs while inside a room.

The thrilling 2023 paddle raise was a resounding success, thanks to our many generous guests.

Party goers dancing inside during a party.

Everyone got into the groove to Madonna, Bon Jovi, Wham!, Whitney Houston, and more on the dance floor.

Ballroom view of the Westmark Royale spring gala.

The ballroom was aglow with support for the School at the "Westmark Royale" Spring Gala 2022.

Gala guests seated around dinner table smiling.

It was an evening of high style and high rolling as guests showed up in their best Bond-inspired attire.

Close up of a roulette wheel at casino table with people sitting in the background.

Casino games entertained and intrigued the hundreds of guests.